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What This River Keeps

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<P>In the rolling hills of southern Indiana, an elderly couple copes with the fear that their river bottom farm—the only home they've ever known—will be taken from them through an act of eminent domain. The river flowing through their land, where the old man has fished nearly every day of his life, may be dammed to form a reservoir. Their son, meanwhile, sinks deeper into troubles of his own, struggling to determine his place in a new romantic relationship and the duty he owes to his family’s legacy. What This River Keeps is a beautiful and heartfelt novel that reflects upon what it means to love a place and a family, and the sometimes staggering cost of that love.</P>
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Published 23 February 2012
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EAN13 9780253007131
Language English

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Praise for What This River Keeps
“With vivid, lyrical prose, Greg Schwipps has taken an age-old theme — man’s relationship to the land — and made it new. You don’t have to know anything about fish or rivers or even country living to be swept up in this story about how a vanishing landscape can tear apart a fragile human ecosystem. His characters are a delightful crew of misfits who sneak into your affections and set up camp. They fish and cook and fight and lie and love and take off down the highway in search of answers. We worry for them and celebrate their wit and perseverance.”
—Lili Wright, author of the travel memoirLearning to Float.
“Often very funny, always lyrically beautiful,What This River Keepsis a powerful reminder of the cost of the American romance with profit and progress, and of the abiding strength of the people of America’s Heartland. Even more, it’s about that eminent domain, the heartland, and the complicated ways love — for a friend, a spouse, a child, a parent, a dog, a river — endures, even when the waters are rising and all hope seems lost.”
—Beth Lordan, author ofAnd Both Shall RowandBut Come Ye Back: A Novel in Stories
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MANUFACTURED IN THE UNITED STATES ÔF AMERICA Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Schwipps, Greg.  What this riOer keeps : a noOel / Greg Schwipps.  p. cm.— (Break away books)  ISBN 978-0-253-00236-5 (pb : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-0-253-00713-1 (ebook) 1. Indiana—Fiction. I. Title.  PS3619.C5W47 2012  813’.6—DC23  2012001835
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Acknowledgments Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Fiôe Chapter Six Chapter Seôen Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleôen Chapter Twelôe Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seôenteen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-One Chapter Twenty-Two Chapter Twenty-Three Chapter Twenty-Four Chapter Twenty-Fiôe Chapter Twenty-Six Chapter Twenty-Seôen Chapter Twenty-Eight Chapter Twenty-Nine Chapter Thirty Chapter Thirty-One Chapter Thirty-Two Chapter Thirty-Three Chapter Thirty-Four Chapter Thirty-Fiôe Chapter Thirty-Six Chapter Thirty-Seôen Chapter Thirty-Eight Chapter Thirty-Nine Chapter Forty Chapter Forty-One Chapter Forty-Two Chapter Forty-Three Chapter Forty-Four Chapter Forty-Fiôe
CONTENTS
Postlude Chapter Forty-Six Chapter Forty-Seôen Chapter Forty-Eight Chapter Forty-Nine Epilogue
For Alissa, And in memory of Helen Millican and Clyde Schwipps