House on the River by Nessa Rapoport
A Summer Journey

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One August, Nessa Rapoport rented a houseboat to travel through the blue lakes and stone canals of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario with her children, mother, and uncle and aunt. At the end of the journey was a small Canadian town called Bobcaygeon, where Rapoport and her mother and uncle had once spent dreamy summers of reading and reverie in an old house on a green river.

Although the purpose of the trip was to show her young children the setting of her summers when she was their age, Nessa Rapoport discovered that all three generations of her family were floating toward an encounter with the past.

Beautifully written and evocative, House on the River explores the power of memory to shape a person’s life, the deep bonds across generations, the reconciliation of mothers and daughters, and the way loss can be distilled into a source of consolation. It is the story of an enchanting journey on water and an inner journey inflected by a vibrant and joyful relationship to family and faith.

About Nessa Rapoport

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NESSA RAPOPORT is the author of a novel, Preparing for Sabbath, and a collection of prose poems, A Woman’s Book of Grieving. Her essays and stories have been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Forward and have been widely anthologized. Her column, “Inner Life,” appears in The Jewish Week. She was awarded a grant by the Canada Council for the Arts for House on the River.
Published July 13, 2004 by Harmony. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Rapoport, who has published essays and stories in the New York Times , the Forward and the Jewish Week , addresses her family history and the power of place in this philosophical, indulgent and moving meditation.

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