USA 2008, 343 pp., hardback, € 19.89Kostenloser Versand ab 20 Euro Bestellwert.
At 15, Natalie Ward believes her life is perfect. Growing up on a dairy farm in the mountains of British Columbia, she knows little of the outside world. But she knows her family. Friends and neighbors, young and old alike, show up regularly on their farmhouse porch. Natalie cherishes her position as the only daughter of the beautiful Nettie Ward, and the town's milkman, Gus Ward. She adores her three brothers, especially the eldest, Boyer, whom she idolizes with a childlike worship. Everything changes one hot July afternoon in 1966 when a long-haired stranger walks up the road to their door. The arrival of this soft-spoken American, a Vietnam War resister, will test the morals and beliefs of the Ward family. River not only starts a relationship with Boyer but also has sex with Natalie. But catastrophic events are set in motion.