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Rebecca Lawton was among the first women whitewater guides in the West. She has since published articles and short stories in journals such as Orion, Shenandoah, Sierra, THEMA, Santa Barbara Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and earned the Ellen Meloy Award for Desert Writers. Her collection of essays about the river guiding life, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. Junction, Utah is her debut novel, which received the 2014 Willa Literary Award for Original Fiction.
on April 24, 2013 :
Junction, Utah flows on so many levels: a compelling love story, an adventure saga, a meditation on earth and water, a novel of pain and injury and the search for healing. River guide Madeline (Maddie) is strong, brave, vulnerable and shy -- and she's completely believable and endearing. Chris Sorensen is a thinking person's farmer: hardworking, intelligent, tolerant and patient, even as he sees the rural world of his family torn apart by oil drilling greed. The growing attraction between Maddie and Chris is electric and complex and there are obstacles requiring both to grow if they are to transcend their different worlds. A wonderful cast of characters -- human and animal -- populate this novel. The writer's deep knowledge of rivers and the land and her poetic language, beautiful but never stuffy, make this novel a true pleasure to read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 16, 2013 :
I loved reading this fascinating book by Becca Lawton. If you like river rafting, or truth telling, or eco-drama, or lusty romance, then you will like this---it is all of it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)