Follow the River Home by Corran Harrington
From the Publisher:
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.
Spectacularly written, but quite a bit different than what I had anticipated.
I had expected one fluid story, but Follow the River Home is actually two parts - Daniel's story to uncover the truth about his past which is then followed by supporting short stories that flow back in to the main story - just like the tributaries of a river. I actually found that I enjoyed the short stories more than the main story; they were contained worlds that were richly explored and wrapped up neatly in just a few pages. Plus, I had been dead curious about some of the characters Daniel briefly encountered and was pleased that, for once, an author filled in their stories!
All of the stories were crafted with care, and it's definitely worth a read.
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