The Lower River

By Paul Theroux
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover, 9780547746500, 336pp.)

Publication Date: May 22, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback

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“As Ellis Hock nears the end of his long career -- and his marriage -- he does what many of us do at a time of great change: reassess the trajectory of our lives by going back to a time when we were truly happy. For Ellis that time was in his twenties, when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Lower River of Malawi. He decides to return, but the Africa of his sixties is but a shadow of the Africa he left behind, and the idealism he arrives with quickly vanishes in the desperation that covers his beloved village.”
-- Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL


Description

A taut, tense, darkly suspenseful novel about a man who flees to Africa after his marriage falls apart, only to be caught up in a precarious situation in a seemingly benign village.




About the Author

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include A Dead Hand and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.




NPR
Friday, Jun 8, 2012

Alan Cheuse reviews the new novel, The Lower River by Paul Theroux. Cheuse teaches writing at George Mason University. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Sunday, May 20, 2012

Travel writer Paul Theroux's latest novel, The Lower River, is about a former Peace Corps volunteer who returns to Malawi years later and finds the village he left much changed. Host Rachel Martin talks with author. More at NPR.org

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