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The Resource Once Upon a River, Diane Setterfield

Once Upon a River, Diane Setterfield

Label
Once Upon a River
Title
Once Upon a River
Statement of responsibility
Diane Setterfield
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A richly imagined, powerful new novel about how we explain the world to ourselves, ourselves to others, and the meaning of our lives in a universe that remains impenetrably mysterious. On a dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens. The child herself is mute and unable to answer the essential questions: Who is she? Where did she come from? And to whom does she belong? But answers proliferate nonetheless. Three families are keen to claim her. A wealthy young mother knows the girl is her kidnapped daughter, missing for two years. A farming family reeling from the discovery of their son's secret liaison, stand ready to welcome their granddaughter. The parson's housekeeper, humble and isolated, sees in the child the image of her younger sister. But the return of a lost child is not without complications and no matter how heartbreaking the past losses, no matter how precious the child herself, this girl cannot be everyone's. Each family has mysteries of its own, and many secrets must be revealed before the girl's identity can be known. Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned
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Setterfield, Diane
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6119.E86
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Girls
  • Drowning victims
  • Miracles
  • Thames River (England)
Label
Once Upon a River, Diane Setterfield
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501190230
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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62641a09-429f-4d4e-95f6-e9a093a6739d
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1076511280
  • (OCoLC)on1076511280
  • 1453953
Label
Once Upon a River, Diane Setterfield
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501190230
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
62641a09-429f-4d4e-95f6-e9a093a6739d
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1076511280
  • (OCoLC)on1076511280
  • 1453953

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