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River People is a powerful novel with unforgettable characters.
In Nebraska in the late 1890s, seventeen-year-old Effie and eleven-year-old Bridget must struggle to endure at a time when women and children have few rights and society looks upon domestic abuse as a private, family matter.
The story is told through the eyes of the girls as they learn to survive under grueling circumstances. River People is a novel of inspiration, love, loss, and renewal.
A Note From the Publisher
This book is also available in eBook #9781945448232 and will release as an audiobook in the spring.
“In this big, ambitious novel, Lukas renders the changing world of the Midwest in the late 19th century, a world as brutal as it is beautiful. The players on its stage are admiringly human and deeply flawed. In clean, beautiful prose, and an unflinching eye, Lukas illuminates the ways in which the relentless work of survival both builds and destroys kinship and community. Threaded through, as constant as the Missouri River at the physical center of this story, is a desire for belonging that flourishes in the unexpected.” - Rebecca Rotert, author of All the Animals We Ever Were
“Wonderfully redemptive, River People brings alive a surprising group of underdogs, their life in the backwaters, and a scoundrel or two who care more for propriety than taking care of their own. A spirited tale of early Omaha you will want to share with your friends.” - Theodore Wheeler, author of Kings of Broken Things “
" is a wonderful novel full of heart and humanity. A delightful read.” - Jeffrey Koterba, Nationally Syndicated Cartoonist, author of Inklings
River People explores the harsh reality of women’s lives at a time when their days were shaped by toil, poverty, and abusive patriarchy. But against the backdrop of that dark world, River People reveals another steeped in myth, the beauty of the Missouri River, and a woods where trees breathe, and their leaves “listen high where the spirits speak.” A mesmerizing tale of love and redemption. - Jeff Kurrus, Editor of Nebraskaland Magazine; author of Can You Dance Like John
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