The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

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Grade B

An ambitious, centuries-sprawling tale of discovery and death, expeditions and defeats, fathers and sons, brothers, a river that holds myth, monsters, murder and mystery. A story of snaking streams and stormy seas and the tragic lives, family ties, and lost loves of the men and boys who struggle to tame land and water. The history of a region that holds a millennium of Southern Gothic stories within its muddy banks and tribes. This is Flannery O’Connor meets David Mitchell, and a long read that is an adventure which doesn’t pay off in ordinary ways, rich with prose as foreign yet specific as the renderings of the eras they travel. Sound like a lot going on? There is. Worthy of a read and your attention to the skill it takes to craft such a novel.

The River of Kings: A Novel available March 21, 2017.

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