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Leaving Blythe River: A Novel Kindle Edition
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From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes an unforgettable story of courage and finding forgiveness in an unforgiving wilderness.
Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it’s up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he’s his father’s only hope.
With the help of three locals—a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills—he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan’s world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he’s been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.
From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature—the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father—if he finds him alive.
“Leaving Blythe River is a thoughtful tale of self-discovery set among the brutal and beautiful mountainous wilderness of the Blythe River Range. Beautiful and breathtaking, this novel stays with readers long after the last page is read.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“Catherine Ryan Hyde is back with an adventure read that tugs at the heart.” —Sunset Magazine
“This courageous story of nature and a tumultuous father-son relationship is one of this year’s most moving reads.” —Working Mother magazine
About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.
Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.
- ASIN : B016PX6EZ0
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (May 24, 2016)
- Publication date : May 24, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1997 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,690 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Catherine Ryan Hyde is one of my favorite authors and I think that this is her best work yet! She has such a gift and is so very talented. She transported me right into the scenes. When Ethan ate a breakfast burrito, I could almost taste it and wanted one too! I felt Ethan’s exhaustion and physical pain.
I experienced deep emotions…elation…and tears. Catherine always imparts wisdom and life philosophies in her work. And this book does not disappoint. I loved this book! If you aren’t familiar with Catherine Ryan Hyde, this is a wonderful introduction. I highly recommend Leaving Blythe River. You’ll be glad you had this adventure and know this Best Selling, Award Winning author!
The next morning, still no sign of Noah. Ethan walks to his nearest neighbor's house...Sam. Ethan's not sure what to do. A professional search is launched but is abandoned after two days because the park ranger finds evidence that Noah might have just abandoned his son. Ethan isn't surprised at this revelation but feels in his gut that his father is still in the wilderness.
Sam, neighbor Jone (the 70-year-old widow Sam has a crush on) and artist-surfer Marcus join Ethan in forming another search party. Weather conditions become poor, the group's will and physical and emotional endurance is tested quite a bit, and eventually one member of the search party abandons the search.
I'll stop here to save the best part of the book for you to discover for yourself. I'll just say that so many emotions coursed through my body...from sadness to happiness to fear to anger to relief to disbelief to sheer joy! This is one of those rare stories I know I'll read again. Don't let this treasure go undiscovered.
The next thing we read is that Ethan the 17 yr old had to go and stay with his father in Wyoming while his Mom assumes caring for her mother who has had a stroke and her father who has dimensha. His summer in the tiny Wyoming town becomes a growing up for him when his father doesn’t return from a run into the wilderness. The authorities give up the search quickly and so Ethan decides to search on his own and then with the help of a couple of older crusty neighbors. A wonderful story very well written that puts you in the wilderness with them as they search.
Top reviews from other countries
Hyde not only paints well-layered characters, even the animal’s personalities are impressive as well.
Lovely read, would try more from her.