This article is about the novel by Leif Enger. Peace Like a River. Peacelikeariver. jpg. Author, Leif Enger. Country, United States. Language, English. Peace Like a River reminds a reader of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong or even Leif Enger’s debut is an extraordinary novel–an epic of generosity and heart that. Leif Enger’s novel, Peace Like a River, is generating enough pre-publication buzz that it is already being compared to Charles Frazier’s surprise.

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He was praying, rounding the block for the fifth time, when the air quickened. They learn that Andreeson has been by and he is likely following them, but no one knows where Davy is headed. This book spans a short time leir maybe a half- or three quarters-year but it’s so packed with story and life that it seems to span years.

Don’t miss this one! They celebrate her 9th birthday the next day and try to distract her with Western-themed gifts. This is certainly not a story that has what we would call a happy ending, but surprises you and on some level it makes sense.

Or is that just me?

All I knew at the beginning was that the narrator was asthmatic and his father did miracles. The Land family lives by a facile brand of faith based on the constant miracles God performs for them.

It’s a miracle of a book and I heartily recommend it. If you have lost your ability to do so, this book might make you believe in miracles after all.

The narrative jumps forward in time, explaining that Roxanna continued to raise them and Sara stayed on the farm. Andreeson, hot on the case, goes missing during a snowstorm and Reuben knows that Waltzer probably lured the federal agent away from town to kill him and so Reuben tells Lkie.


It is one of my all-time favorite books because it has GREAT writing, a wonderful message, a twisting plot and has laugh out loud parts. Please, Grove, stick to what you know. Other times I read a book and the writing is pretty good and I can get carried away in the story.

I can’t complain about that. Enger wrote the novel to amuse his family, taking story suggestions from his children and giving the lead character asthma to encourage one of his sons, who also has asthma. The writing is beautiful, with humour throughout. One evening Jeremiah takes Reuben to the new church he been attending. View all 23 comments. A beautiful tribute to faith in God, a theme that is so rarely treated with the respect and depth it deserves.

He beats them pretty savagely with a broomstick, and in the process incurs the wrath of a couple of characters who scare even the local police. I just changed my mind and am putting it at a 3 because 4 star books I will probably read again, but I don’t think I will This is such a difficult book to rate.

Wonderful, and a book to recommend.

PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger | Kirkus Reviews

The descriptions are terrific; the metaphors are fresh rather than trite. This was a reread of a favorite. I really liked this one.

This classic tale is related by our eleven-year old narrator, Rueben Land, and assisted by his eight-year old sister Swede. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Views Read Edit View lwif. Sure — the oil and the gasoline are more similar to one another than either is to the loaves and fishes.

Refresh and try again. The writing it some of the most beautiful I’ve ever read reminds me, strangely enough, of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

Burroughs, and the like publishing what may be the least controversial novel of the last ten years? I now turn to the ladies of my book club as I sing: And then we’ve got the whole.


Sep 29, Dana rated it it was amazing. Kind of like when you dnger up from a dream and you have a hard time telling if it was real or not. Dead for 10 minutes before his father orders him to breathe in the name of the living God, Reuben Land is living proof that the world is full of miracles.

Peace Like a River

I highly recommend enged book. View all 20 comments. His richly evocative novel, narrated by an asthmatic year-old named Reuben Land, is the story of Reuben’s unusual family and their journey across the frozen Badlands of the Dakotas in search of his fugitive older brother.

He’d been thinking about Sunny, apparently, for a while. I was completely sucked in. While the doctor mumbles platitudes and his mother wails, Reuben’s father senses that something’s wrong.

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

You would take your son’s place if you could. FelchGary D. Surprisingly, however, they never run out of soup. May 15, Angela M rated it it was amazing.

Mom read us Treasure Island every year for many years, starting before I was pdace enough to understand any of it. Minnesotan Enger pulls out the stops in this readable albeit religiously correct debut about a family with a father who may be touched by God and a son by the Devil. Then there are times when I read a book and the writing feels so real that when I stop I have to snap back into reality There was prace problem adding your email address.

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