The River: A Novel Summary
Peter Heller

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The River: A Novel Overview

The River, by Peter Heller, is the story of two young men struggling to survive a range of dangers while on a canoe trip along a river in Northern Canada. As Jack and Wynn attempt to outrun an encroaching forest fire, they also encounter an injured woman, her murderous companion, and a pair of drunken, unpredictable fishermen from Texas. As it explores different aspects of the experience of journeying, the novel also explores themes related to guilt and forgiveness, qualities of friendship, and the power of nature.  

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