DANIEL ARROYO has suffered a lifetime of guilt over the sudden death of his infant sister, who died when he was eight years old. He now lives his middle years between that guilt and worsening episodes of PTSD from a Vietnam he left thirty years ago. When a violent encounter on a dusty highway forces Daniel to face what haunts him, he finds himself pulled back to the neighborhood of his youth, where old houses hold tired secrets. What really happened on that steamy August afternoon? The answer comes spilling from the old neighborhood, and Daniel begins to find his way home. Corran Harrington takes the reader along the Rio Grande, from its headwaters to the sea.
PRAISE FOR FOLLOW THE RIVER HOME
“Corran Harrington is a gifted writer whose voice is like a gentle current moving you into unexpected landscapes. Enter Follow The River Home, and before you know it, you find yourself meandering into the hearts of people and places you will not easily forget.”
— Roderick Clark, editor of Rosebud
“Deeply, bravely imagined, Corran Harrington’s radiant fiction records the ways in which our deepest loyalties and griefs spring from our first soil, brilliantly revealing the secret ways our lives touch each other without our knowing. Compassionate, luminous, wise, this is a book to savor and give to friends.”
— Kathleen Hill, author of Who Occupies This House
“The beautifully intertwined stories in Corran Harrington’s Follow The River Home vividly evoke the ebb and flow of life in New Mexico. Harrington’s writing is thoughtful, fluid, keenly observant, and filled with voices that resonate beyond the page. I highly recommend this book.”
— Mary Wolf, owner of Collected Works bookstore, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Title: Follow the River Home
Author: Corran Harrington
Genre: Literature & Fiction | Suspense | Family Life
Publisher: Arbor Farm Press
Published: April 14, 2016
Format: Paperback, 220 pages
FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher via TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
Gifted with a talent for writing, Corran Harrington takes the artist’s brush and using broad strokes of varying colors paints an exquisite picture of the life of one man, Daniel Arroyo.
Daniel’s life was not always beautiful. Now filled with memories of guilt as a boy when his baby sister dies, horrors from his service in the Vietnam War, and the nightmares of PTSD, Daniel goes in search of answers to the memories that haunt him.
One incident along his journey pricks his mind and takes him back to the town where he grew up. A place where memories and lies and even the truth live in the most unexpected places.
Using a clever and somewhat unconventional format in Follow the River Home, Harrington writes the first part, Daniel’s life story, almost as a novella. The second part consists of short stories or essays told by Daniel’s childhood home, neighborhood, even remembered pieces of furniture and other household contents. In this way, we see Daniel’s life through not only his eyes but the eyes of these other memory holders.
An enjoyable book and one so well-written you forget you are reading fiction. Yet, there are scenes of heartbreak and the terrible acts of war which take your breath away. Harrington writes both so very well. It is my hope we will see more from Corran Harrington in the future.
CORRAN HARRINGTON is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Bosque Fiction Contest finalist, and a New Millennium Writings Award semifinalist. Follow the River Home, published by Arbor Farm Press (April 2016), was a Hidden River Arts international writing competition finalist, and a 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project fiction finalist. Harrington’s short stories (also published as Connie Harrington) have appeared in Rosebud (two stories), Beloit Fiction Journal, Connecticut Review, Yemassee, The MacGuffin, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Bryant Literary Review, ByLine Magazine, American Literary Review, Hawaii Review, Oasis, The Jabberwock Review, and The Pikeville Review. An essay was published in Think Journal, and an excerpt from Follow the River Home was published in bosque (the magazine). A former lawyer, Harrington also has a background in cultural and linguistic anthropology. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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