Towns Without Rivers by Michael Parker

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Revisiting Trent, North Carolina -- the town so poignantly rendered in his acclaimed novel, Hello Down There -- Michael Parker picks up the story of Reka Speight, a woman determined to discover a wider world than the rural backwater of her youth.

Recently released from prison for a crime she did not commit, Reka returns home with one goal: to escape Trent for someplace unencumbered by history. But leaving Trent also takes her away from the one person she cares about, her younger brother Randall. As Reka heads west in search of a new life, she is forced to make a choice between the life she has always wanted and the brother she cannot leave behind.


About Michael Parker

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Michael Parker is the author of the novel Hello Down There a New York Times Notable Book and the short story collection The Geographical Cure, winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Prize. Parker teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Published June 5, 2001 by William Morrow. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She extracts a promise from their illiterate, drunken father to give a note to Randall (away in Norfolk working in a shipyard) explaining how to contact her.

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(the setting of Parker's well-reviewed first novel, Hello, Down There) by taking a job as a door-to-door textbook salesperson in the Midwest, but the job fizzles and she drifts across early 1960s America, ending up in Seattle.

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