The River King by Alice Hoffman

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From the best-selling author of The Dovekeepers, The River King confirms Alice Hoffman as "one of our quirkiest and most interesting novelists" (Jane Smiley, USA Today).

People tend to stay in their place in the town of Haddan. The students at the prestigious prep school don't mix with locals; even within the school, hierarchy rules, as freshman and faculty members find out where they fit in and what is expected of them. But when a body is found in the river behind the school, a local policeman will walk into this enclosed world and upset it entirely. A story of surface appearances and the truths submerged below. 

About Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman is the author of fifteen novels: Blue Diary (2001), The River King (2000), Local Girls (1999), Here On Earth (1997), Practical Magic (1995), Second Nature (1994), Turtle Moon (1992), Seventh Heaven (1990), At Risk (1988), Illumination Night (1987), Fortune's Daughter (1985), White Horses (1982), Angel Landing (1980), The Drowning Season (1979), and Property Of (1977). She is also the author of three children's books: Aquamarine (2001), Horsefly (2000), and Fireflies (1997). Born in New York City, and raised on Long Island, Hoffman graduated from Adelphi University and received an M.A. from Stanford University, where she was Mirrielees Fellow. She currently lives near Boston with her family and her dogs.
Published July 1, 2001 by Berkley. 356 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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But Abe needs to honor the legacy of his upright grandfather, purge his bitter knowledge of the town’s current corruption, and redeem the sorrow of his brother’s long-ago suicide, as well as Annie Howe’s.

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It's this set of characters, haunted individually and together by a town whose past conjures up phantom smells of roses, that pulls together to make THE RIVER KING one of the most delicious books Hoffman has ever produced.

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Alice Hoffman is an accomplished writer whose 13 novels — Illumination Night, Seventh Heaven, and Practical Magic among them — have established her reputation as a lyrical storyteller who can spin ornate scenes and settings with a simplicity that never taxes.

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