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from VBW Publishing
ON A RAINY APRIL NIGHT in 1917,
a passing vagrant sees a young woman fall (or is it jump?)
into New York City’s
Hudson River. He tries to save her, but fails. The police tentatively
identify the woman as Lily Canning, twenty-five years old, from
Minuit, a town in the Hudson Valley.
But is it Lily? The question torments her mother,
Henrietta, as she awaits confirmation. And when it comes, even
more anguishing questions arise, for neither accident nor suicide
makes sense. Lily could swim like a fish, and with her looks, and
wealth, and talent, with an exhibition of her paintings about to
open at a prestigious New York gallery, she had everything to live
In the days following
her drowning, her heartbroken mother, her estranged husband,
Edmund, her family, her friends, even the servant girl, Nuala,
try to unravel Lily’s
secrets and to come to terms with the devastating consequences
of her loss on their own lives.
Set in New York City and the Hudson River Valley,
when the country was poised on the brink of the First World War, The
River, By Moonlight is a vivid evocation of time and place,
and a poignant portrayal of what happens when individual actions
and national events collide.
Above all, it is a deeply moving study of grief
and despair, of the resilience of human nature, and the triumph
of determination and hope.
prose is elegant in its simplicity, its rhythm gently carrying
the reader forward like the Hudson River
that figures so prominently throughout the story."
Chappell, BookReview.com: "Emotionally, the novel connects
fiercely with readers . . ."
Kaye Oldner, J. Kaye's Book Blog: ". . . a literary jewel
set in 1917 New York with characters so clear you could pick them
out of a
crowd. . . . Marchetta's book would make the perfect book club
Pinkston, courtesy of families.com: "The language
in this book is beautifully crafted, the imagery is rich and evocative.
recommend it to anyone who loves to examine characters thoroughly
and come to know them from the inside out. This author can really
Lewis, VirtualWordsmith.blogspot.com: "Camille Marchetta
never flinches in this raw, but hopeful story of how people deal
with a death
they can't possibly understand."