By Donna Milner
He will swap their lives endlessly. . . .
At fifteen, Natalie Ward believes her lifestyles is ideal. transforming into up on a dairy farm within the mountains of British Columbia lower than miles from the yankee border, she understands little of the skin international. yet she understands kinfolk. A family members so shut and loving that they're the envy of the within reach city of Atwood. pals and associates, old and young alike, appear frequently on their farmhouse porch—all keen to percentage within the unending day-by-day chores in alternate for a spot on the Ward kin desk. Natalie cherishes her place because the simply daughter of the gorgeous Nettie Ward—the delight of the Catholic girls Auxiliary—and the town's milkman, Gus Ward—the darling of Atwood housewives. She adores her 3 brothers, particularly the eldest, Boyer, whom she idolizes with a childlike worship. Like her mom, Natalie believes their lives are blessed, as wealthy and as candy because the clean milk that's their livelihood.
Everything adjustments one scorching July afternoon in 1966 while a long-haired stranger walks up the winding airborne dirt and dust highway to their door. the arriving of this soft-spoken American, a Vietnam warfare resister, will try the morals and ideology of the Ward kin and their close-knit group. The catastrophic occasions which are set in movement will go away relationships shattered and Natalie separated from the family members she loves in ways in which she may by no means have imagined.
Thirty-five years later, Natalie gets a late-night mobilephone name from her now-estranged brother Boyer. Their mom is demise. Torn among the affection of her mom and the terror of the prior, Natalie returns to town she has spent her complete grownup existence fending off. As she travels again to her early life domestic she steels herself opposed to the bittersweet stories of that summer time day in 1966 and the tragedy that undefined. yet earlier than Natalie can locate redemption, she needs to confront the secrets and techniques and horrors of a earlier she has desperately attempted to forget.
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After River: A Novel by Donna Milner