Tomorrow River

By Lesley Kagen (Read by)
(AudioGO, Compact Disc, 9781609987572)

Publication Date: March 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Hardcover, Compact Disc

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2010 Indie Next List
“Kagen's trademark has become her unusual narrators, and Tomorrow River gives us one to remember in Shenandoah 'Shenny' Carmody--twin of mute Woody, and daughter of a formidable Virginia Supreme Court judge and his missing wife. Ingeniously, Kagen gives us a compelling story on two levels--one we're told by 11-year-old Shenandoah, and one we 'understand' as a reader. Atmosphere, great characters, interesting twists--Tomorrow River has it all.”
-- Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI


During the summer of 1968 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, eleven–year–old Shenandoah Carmody’s mother disappeared. Her twin sister, Woody, stopped speaking, and her once–loving father slipped into a mean drunkenness unbefitting a superior court judge. As the first anniversary of their mother’s disappearance nears, her father’s threat to send Woody away and his hints at an impending remarriage spur a desperate Shenny—who was named for the Shenandoah Valley—to find her mother before its too late. While struggling to get her mute twin to reveal what she knows about the night their mother vanished, Shenny is ultimately swept up in a series of heartbreaking events that will force her to face the painful truth about herself and her family.

About the Author

Lesley Kagen is the author of The New York Times bestsellers Whistling in the Dark, Land of a Hundred Wonders, and Tomorrow River.

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  1. The story is told through eleven-year-old Shenny’s eyes. What are the limitations of an unreliable narrator’s point of view? What are the advantages? Are there things that Shenny overlooks or perhaps observes that an adult narrator wouldn't?

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