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Riverine (Digital Audiobook)

A Memoir from Anywhere but Here

By Angela Palm, Jorjeana Marie (Narrator)

Publication Date: December 19, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/16/2016)
Compact Disc (12/20/2016)
MP3 CD (12/20/2016)
Compact Disc (12/20/2016)
MP3 CD (12/20/2016)

August 2016 Indie Next List

“Haunting and surprising yet immediately relatable, Palm's striking memoir sinks its roots deep into readers and holds fast. Everything ordinary, Palm reveals, is extraordinary -- tragic, profound, amusing, brutal -- when examined up close. In reflecting on her own formative years, growing up 'between points on the map' in small-town Indiana, Palm paints a measured, unforgettable portrait of the forces that break us free of our origins and those that inevitably call us back.”
— Sam Kaas, Village Books, Bellingham, WA
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Description

Angela Palm grew up in a place not marked on the map, her house set on the banks of a river that had been straightened to make way for farmland. Every year, the Kankakee River in rural Indiana flooded and returned to its old course while the residents sandbagged their homes against the rising water. From her bedroom window, Palm watched the neighbor boy and loved him in secret, imagining a life with him even as she longed for a future that held more than a job at the neighborhood bar. For Palm, caught in this landscape of flood and drought, escape was a continually receding hope.



Though she did escape, as an adult Palm finds herself drawn back, like the river, to her origins. But this means more than just recalling vibrant, complicated memories of the place that shaped her, or trying to understand the family that raised her. It means visiting the prison where the boy that she loved is serving a life sentence for a brutal murder. It means trying to chart, through the mesmerizing, interconnected essays of Riverine, what happens when a single event forces the path of her life off course.


About the Author

Jorjeana Marie has narrated over seventy audiobooks, performed in hundreds of commercials, and starred in the pilot Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling with Elliott Gould. She is a stand-up comic who has opened for Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, and Kathleen Madigan. Her video game credits include Final Fantasy, Crackdown 2, and Star Guardians. She loves reading so much it gets her into trouble.