Riverine by Angela Palm
A Memoir from Anywhere but Here

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Hers is a raw but wistful voice that embraces the imperfection of language as a reflection of the impossible question of what it means to be true to one’s self.
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Angela Palm grew up in a place not marked on the map, her house set on the banks of a river that had been straightened to make way for farmland. Every year, the Kankakee River in rural Indiana flooded and returned to its old course while the residents sandbagged their homes against the rising water. From her bedroom window, Palm watched the neighbor boy and loved him in secret, imagining a life with him even as she longed for a future that held more than a job at the neighborhood bar. For Palm, caught in this landscape of flood and drought, escape was a continually receding hope.

Though she did escape, as an adult Palm finds herself drawn back, like the river, to her origins. But this means more than just recalling vibrant, complicated memories of the place that shaped her, or trying to understand the family that raised her. It means visiting the prison where the boy that she loved is serving a life sentence for a brutal murder. It means trying to chart, through the mesmerizing, interconnected essays of Riverine, what happens when a single event forces the path of her life off course.

 

About Angela Palm

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Angela Palm owns Ink + Lead Literary Services and is the editor of an anthology of Vermont writers, Please Do Not Remove. Her work has appeared in Paper Darts, Midwestern Gothic, Tampa Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
 
Published August 16, 2016 by Graywolf Press. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 25 2016

The result is a narrative that maps the complex relationships that exist between individual identity and place. An intelligent, evocative, and richly textured memoir.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jul 25 2016

Combining lyrical prose with a haunting narrative, Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize–winner Palm recounts a story filled with secret longings, family history, and musings on what might have been...All in all, this is a memoir to linger over, savor and study.

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Reviewed by LAUREN LEBLANC on Aug 26 2016

Hers is a raw but wistful voice that embraces the imperfection of language as a reflection of the impossible question of what it means to be true to one’s self.

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