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by Tricia Currans-Sheehan

eBook The River Road (American Fiction) download ISBN: 0898232384
Author: Tricia Currans-Sheehan
Publisher: New Rivers Press (October 1, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 210
ePub: 1129 kb
Fb2: 1210 kb
Rating: 4.9
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

The River Road (American Fiction). 0898232384 (ISBN13: 9780898232387).

This book is the sequel to her first book, The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors (New Rivers Press, 2004). River Road was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the 2009 Nashville Book Festival. The River Road (American Fiction).

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Tricia Currans-Sheehan teaches at Briar Cliff University . River Road" was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the 2009 Nashville Book Festival.

This book is the sequel to her first book, "The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors" (New Rivers Press, 2004).

Dr. Tricia Currans-Sheehan, professor of English & writing. That's certainly true for Currans-Sheehan, who grew up the ninth of 10 children on a 200-acre family farm between Emmetsburg and Graettinger, Iowa. Prairie fiction - stories that depict the struggles of immigrant families settling in the Midwest in the years following the 1862 Homestead Act - is sometimes overlooked, she said, because readers fear they will find the subject matter to be as dry as, well, the prairie. Instead, these stories offer strong character overcoming great obstacles in a new land," Currans-Sheehan explained.

She has published a collection of short stories, The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors, and a novel in stories, The River Road.

Recently she won the Headwaters Literary Competition, sponsored by New Rivers Press, for her collection of short stories, The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors

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The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mississippi River through 10 states. It’s easy to thank Jack Kerouac for our long-held fascination of American road trips. His 1957 novel, ‘On the Road’ epitomised life in post-war America with a tale based on the travels of road trips across the US with his friends.

“An amazing journey, full of passion, childhood imagination and longings, and unique characters. A magical world, which reminds me painfully how America has fallen from grace.”—Josip Novakovich

This novel in stories follows an Iowa farm girl’s maturity to womanhood as she is raised by her father after her mother’s desertion. Brigid O’Conner grows up to the sounds of rock and roll and distant voices as her father grows into understanding both Brigid and himself.

Tricia Currans-Sheehan teaches at Briar Cliff University, where she edits the Briar Cliff Review. This book is the sequel to her first book, The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors (New Rivers Press, 2004).  River Road was recently awarded Honorable Mention in the 2009 Nashville Book Festival.

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This book is a combination of short stories and a novel. It is a rites of passage book about a young girl from age seven until eighteen. The time is from 1957 until 1068 a period of eleven years. There are many unsavory characters darting in and out of Brigid's life.

Young Brigid O'Connor lives with her father. Her mother has deserted when she was four. Brigid wonders what is would be like to have a mother plus a sister and other siblings. But this is not to be. Her father is loving and caring, but he is not a mother. He grows angry when she asks about her mother. I want to know about her. Well she doesn't want to know you he says. Brigid still wonders and her father gets aggravated about her questions about her mother.

Father and daughter live in a little house on the River Road in northwestern Iowa between Emmetsburg and Graettinger. There are a few colorful characters living along the road in little rundown houses. Mr. O'Connor keeps saying he wants to move away from here, there are too many bad influences in his daughter's life. But he can't afford to leave. He tells Brigid to stay away from these families, they're bad news. But Brigid is an inquisitive little rascal and sneaks into places where she is not supposed to be and finds out things she has no business knowing.

Brigid finally meets her mother and half sister and finds out these two are not what she hoped for. She should listen to her father.

Her younger half sister, Justine, runs away from the foster home she was living in. The mother is an alcoholic and has lost custody. The half sister has been in and out of different foster homes in Florida wher mom has relocated. This girl tries to steal from father and daughter and Mr. O'Conner ejects this girl from his home.

The book ends when Brigid is ready to graduate from high school and will be leaving her River Road home to go away to college. She has learned quite a bit and has had many experiences.

There is much love between father and daughter. Mr O'Connor really cares about his daughter.
A simply marvelous novel-in-stories. The stories propel the reader forward with a psychological tension that recalls the awakening of all adolescents in confrontation with the quagmire that is adulthood. The setting is rural Iowa, but it could just have well been Cormac McCarthy's New Mexico or Carson McCullers' Georgia---Currans-Sheehan is commensurate with both these authors in capturing the subliminal forces that shape our growing up. All the ingredients of the heart go into this wonderful 4H-worthy cake of fiction. The narrator Brigid relates the events in her life with a clarity and curiosity that totally absorbs the reader. We rarely get such a glimpse into the process of an identity being formed as we do in THE RIVER ROAD. We all come of age with it.
Tricia Curran-Sheehan is always certain to hold my interest. The River Road is a coming of age story for Brigid, who longs for a relationship with an absent alcoholic mother. Her father who deals with his own wounds fails to understand that longing. Brigid's curiosity leads her to learn strange things about neighbors along the River Road--The Fogartys who arouse suspician and value privacy--The McGinty girls who are set on making it big in beauty pagents and many more. The book has elements of tragic death, arson, and stalking. Yet Brigid's life continues to be one of hope and the reader hopes with her as she matures and witnesses life.
In last week's NYT, A.O. Scott wrote an editorial entitled "Brevity's Pull: In Praise of the American Short Story" (April 5, 2009), arguing that "the short story itself has shown remarkable durability, and may even be poised for a resurgence." Scott's argument being that in this age of blog posts, twitter, and the ipod, our culture seeks brevity in lieu of the 500 page novel. With consumer demand increasing in the marketplace for brevity and excellent writing, Tricia's Currans-Sheehan's novel, The River Road, which masterfully is woven through a series of short stories, proves that the supply side of this market is top notch and will exceed consumer expectations.

While the setting revolves around a father and daughter in rural Iowa, urbanites and ruralists alike can relate to the stories as the challenges and emotions unveiled are universal. Brigid is a heroine to love with her curiosity, wisdom beyond her years, spunk, compassion, and her emotional confusion. This novel is worth a read, especially if you are "chapter at a time" reader as each chapter, which is a short story, is rewarding as a stand-alone tale and leaves the reader fulfilled, yet curious, to continue to the next tale. You will enjoy this!
It's only been a few days since I met Tricia Currans-Sheehan at the Orange City Tulip Festival Author's Corner, but now that I have read her book, "The River Road," she is not an author that I will forget any time soon!

The story is told in a series of connected short stories that weave a dark, and often tragic, tale of a young girl growing-up motherless in a dying Iowa town.

Normally this is not the type of tale that would capture my interest, but the author uses such wonder language to illustrate the stores that you just can't put the book down for very long.

Tricia is scheduled for a book reading about 30 miles from my home on June 30th -- I plan to be in the audience.

Without reservation, I highly recommend this book.
Amelia Painter
Tricia Currans-Sheehan's River Road traces a series of moments that make up the ordinary, yet terrifying, truths of American adolescence. The narrator is both naive and knowing in the way a girl raised on a farm in a speck of a town can be. She might understand the rudiments of the birds and the bees, but the human emotions bursting through the neighboring run-down homes escape her just as surely as the reasons behind her own mother's haunting disappearance.
I couldn't put this book down.