Time Is a River

By Mary Alice Monroe
(Brilliance Audio, MP3 CD, 9781423331179)

Publication Date: July 2008

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Compact Disc, Mass Market Paperback, , Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2008 Indie Next List
“Told partly in narrative and partly through well-researched historical diaries and letters, this story of cancer survivor Mia Landan's renewal in a North Carolina cabin is a very powerful novel of forgiveness, redemption, and new birth.”
-- Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Book Store, Denver, CO
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“This book flows like a river while telling the story of a woman who discovers the diaries of a female fly-fishing guide of the 1920s. Reading this story, set beside the trout-filled streams in the mountains of North Carolina, you will fall in love with the characters of Watkins Mill as they help Mia Landon find herself again after her bout with cancer.”
-- Beth Carpenter, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC


Description
Recovering from breast cancer and reeling from her husband's infidelity, Mia Landan flees her Charleston home to heal in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. She seeks refuge in a neglected fishing cabin belonging to her fly-fishing instructor, Belle Carson. Belle recently inherited the cabin, which once belonged to a grandmother she never knew ? the legendary fly fisher and journalist of the 1920s, Kate Watkins, whose life fell into ruins after she was accused of murdering her lover. From her first step inside the dusty cabin, Mia is fascinated by the traces of Kate's mysterious story . . . especially when she discovers Kate's journal. The inspiring words of the remarkable woman echo across the years, and Kate's wise words comparing life to a river resonate deeply. Mia feels a strange kinship with the woman who, like her, suffered fears, betrayal, the death of loved ones, and a fall from grace ? yet found strength, compassion and, ultimately, forgiveness in her isolation.As the true story emerges, its power reopens old wounds, but also brings a transforming healing for Mia, for Kate's descendants, and for all those in Mia's new community.



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1. What does the title, Time is a River, represent for you? What characteristics do the passing of time and the flowing of the river share? How did time and the river act as representations for one another in the story? Why did the river come to mean so much to Mia?

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