The River: A Novel - Epilogue Summary & Analysis

Peter Heller
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As the Epilogue begins, Jack is driving. The narration reveals that he is driving through the woods and near a creek on his way to see Will’s family. Jack recalls the welcome he had always gotten from Will’s mother, Hansie, whenever he visited, how close he had gotten to Will’s family, and how much he had loved their home. “The smells wafted in intertwining tendrils and filled a space in him he was used to having empty. It was almost painful” (240). Jack also recalls how disappointed and quiet she had been when he told her that he was not coming to Will’s funeral, and how she had said that Will had considered him his best friend. Narration then describes how Jack had not registered for any fall courses, and had spontaneously decided to drive across the country and make his...

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