I did love Jacques, no matter what they say! I did love Jacques, no matter what they say! The danger lies in the balancing act between historical detail and facts and character and plot. At this point, the reader is introduced to Omah, the daughter of slaves who were given their freedom by Jacques. At that point, the reader is introduced to Annie. Someone dies, is born, maimed or murdered on every page, except for ten extra-excruciating pages near the beginning of the book when Annie Lark lies trapped for five days under wooden beams during the New Madrid Shaking. The New Madrid earthquake profoundly changed not only the physical character of the landscape but also the human characters of the region. The River Wife richly evokes the nineteenth-century South at a time when lives changed with the turn of a card or the flash of a knife. But as she reads of the sinister dealings and horrendous misunderstandings that spelled out tragedy for the rescued bride, Hedie fears that her own life is paralleling Annies, and that history is repeating itself with Jacques kin.
I think author, Agee attempted this here. Audubon was riding his horse in Kentucky during one of the big quakes, and there is an account of him beating his horse when it stopped, terrified. Good: A book that has been read but is in good condition. I kept getting upset that she wouldn't leave Clement - he was not exactly a prize husband. When, night after late night, mysterious phone calls take Clement from their home, a pregnant Hedie finds comfort in Annie's leather-bound journals. Jonis Agee: Your wives were recording your secrets, Jacques. In writing historical fiction around that kind of event, what delighted you the most—and what did you find most dangerous? The writer couldn't find too much more to say about all the characters.
It never was clear to me who actually wrote that story. The story I found incredibly fascinating and terribly heartbreaking. For the first half of it, I was utterly spell-bound. I nearly passed this book by because of some of the negative reviews here, but I started it and was instantly caught up in the story. This is the spellbinding tale or should I say haunting saga of the Ducharme family.
They also feel that jumping back and forth in time, telling a historical tale along with a contemporary one will help acheive their end. I am a total sucker for stories that imply you cannot escape family destiny, as to a certain degree, we are bound to repeat the lives of our antecedents. He loathed the weakness in himself that led him to marry Laura, his one great mistake. It is this child who continues Jacques's line to the present and provides the thread that ties Jacques to the present-day characters in the story. Because of this she became my main protagonist.
But the journal idea gave out after Annie Lark and the movement back and forth was somewhat confusing. The historical story of Jacques Ducharme, and the town he founded was interesting, fun fiction. You should know that there is nothing that stays hidden, especially wrongdoing. They each blame themselves, as well as each other. It produced more than 2000 after shocks.
After a long absence, she returned to Nebraska, where she lives north of Omaha on an acreage along the Missouri River and teaches at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. This organization was the only part of the book I found weak; I think I would have enjoyed it more without the flipping back and forth from the 1930s to the 1800's. They are never really together after the loss of the baby. When Audubon jumped off the animal, figuring it was dying, he discovered the earthquake. What you want to go and give away all my secrets for? The masterful prose in the book, describing the women in one man's life and ambitions, felt like becoming part of ancient truths, mixed This will probably be the lamest review of a book I have ever written. Again, the devastating loss of a child pulls them apart, although not as ferociously as it does earlier with Jacques and Annie. How would you describe the effects on the people in the novel? A native of Nebraska, she spent most of her childhood summers in Missouri near Lake of the Ozarks.
Sadly, this is not that book. I really enjoyed the elements of the book and I liked a lot of the characters, but I'm not sure that I liked the book as a whole. Jacques is a character to love an Arkansas history and I'm not sure how much of it actually adheres to historical truth or is just good storytelling and 5 generations of the Ducharme family. Why did you fall in with his schemes? Annie registers her grief by withdrawing for a time into madness, then by going up the tree to observe the world. I am a total sucker for stories that imply you cannot escape family destiny, as to a certain degree, we are bound to repeat the lives of our antecedents. In writing historical fiction around that kind of event, what delighted you the most—and what did you find most dangerous? I thought that you should die with the thing you valued most—your heap of stolen goods, the fortune you made.
I would become very involved in what I thought was a descriptive life story only to be torn abruptly out of it and tossed into another related life story. Yes, she is a Nebraska native who teaches at my alma mater the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. You could tell this author put a lot of time into research to work this into a good book. When, night after late night, mysterious phone calls take Clement from their home, a pregnant Hedie finds comfort in Annie's leather-bound journals. They also feel that jumping back and forth in time, telling a historical tale along with a contemporary one will help acheive their end. From cover to cover author Jonis Agee spins a story spanning from 1811 to 1950 filled with mystery, greed, desire as history repeats it self again and again through the lives of the cursed Ducharme family.
After a long absence, she returned to Nebraska, where she lives north of Omaha on an acreage along the Missouri River and teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jonis Agee has a very smooth writing style that kept me hooked from start to finish. But as she reads of the sinister dealings and horrendous misunderstandings that spelled out tragedy for the rescued bride, Hedie fears that her own life is paralleling Annie's, and that history is repeating itself with Jacques' kin. Hedie is a seventeen-year-old girl with no family, no job skills, no money, during the Great Depression. Why does Omah join Jacques as a pirate, and why does she stay with the family later? Living in the home Jacques built for Annie, a hundred years before, Hedie finds Annie's journal, and we learn the story of the town of Jacques' Landing.