Peace Like a River

Set in small-town Minnesota, Peace Like a River is narrated by eleven-year-old Reuben Land.  When his older brother Davy flees murder charges, Reuben's father sets out to track him down, bringing his other children across the frozen Badlands of North Dakota.  Written in lyrical prose and filled with a cast of dubiously eccentric characters, Leif Enger's novel is an evocative tale of a family living on the fringes of the law.

"Tommy clawed the floor, bawling incomprehensibly, and his eyes rolled, and there was genuine terror inside his voice, and I knew with certainty he was seeing all the devils waiting for him, whetting their long knives, that he could hear their gabbling shrieks, that the smell of sulfur so quick in the room issued from some dim mouthlike chamber panting after his soul.  Standing above him, Davy levered up a third cartridge."

Leif Enger is the author of Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome.  In the 1990s, he co-wrote a series of mystery novels with his brother under the pen name L.L. Enger. 

Published:  2001
Length:  312 pages
Set in:  Minnesota and North Dakota, United States