Swift River by Essie Chambers


‘I love a novel this much maybe just once or twice a year.’ – Curtis Sittenfeld, author of RODHAM and ROMANTIC COMEDY 


‘Told with warmth and humor by a memorable, irrepressible heroine.’ – Rumaan Alam, author of LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND 


What if the price of moving forward is losing the only family you’ve ever known? 


Summer, 1987. On the sweltering streets of the dying New England mill town of Swift River, sixteen-year-old Diamond Newbury is desperately lonely. It’s been seven years since her father disappeared, and while her mother is determined to move on, Diamond can’t distance herself from his memory. When Diamond receives a letter from a relative she has never met, she unearths long-buried secrets of her family’s past and discovers a legacy she never knew she was missing. The more she learns, however, the harder it becomes to reconcile her old life with the one she wants to lead. 


So begins an epic story spanning the twentieth century that reveals a much larger picture of prejudice and love, of devotion and abandonment – and will change Diamond’s life forever. 


Swift River broke my heart, and then offered me hope.’ – Ann Napolitano, author of HELLO BEAUTIFUL 


‘Infused with that satisfying feeling one gets when you realize the missing piece to the puzzle is a sense of self . . . a sensational debut.’ – Paul Beatty, author of THE SELLOUT

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