Once Upon a River (Paperback)

A Novel

By Bonnie Jo Campbell

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393341775, 352pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (7/5/2011)
Paperback (7/1/2011)
Hardcover, Large Print (9/7/2011)

List Price: 15.95*
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“A demonstration of outstanding skills on the river of American literature.” —Entertainment Weekly

"Bonnie Jo Campbell has built her new novel like a modern-day craftsman from the old timbers of our national myths about loners living off the land, rugged tales as perilous as they are alluring. Without sacrificing any of its originality, this story comes bearing the saw marks of classic American literature, the rough-hewn sister of The Leatherstocking Tales, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Walden.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post

About the Author

Bonnie Jo Campbell teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. The author of Once Upon a River, American Salvage, and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, she lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Praise For Once Upon a River: A Novel

With all the fixings
of a Johnny Cash song—love, loss, redemption—Campbell captures these Michiganders
and their earthy, brutal paradise in tales rich with insight and well worth the

Campbell has a ruthless and
precise eye for the details of the physical world. . . . An excellent American
parable about the consequences of our favorite ideal, freedom.
— Jane Smiley

Margo’s struggle to
survive proves irresistible, like the tug of the Stark itself.