Our latest launch from the Class of 2k10 is
The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard.
After his secret girlfriend’s death, seventeen-year-old Colt finds the notebook she left behind,
but he is unprepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship.
To celebrate our launches, and in keeping with the Class of 2k10's "Book Your Getaway" theme, we're doing posts on the theme of interesting places. So enjoy Jenn's post:
A Sense of Place: The River “Cure”
by Jennifer R. Hubbard
I’ve almost always lived near rivers and creeks, ranging from the small and (as far as I know) nameless creek that ran behind my house in Massachusetts, to the much larger Delaware River. Rivers have meant life to people for centuries: the sources of water and food, the means of our interconnection.
The characters in The Secret Year meet on the banks of a river, at a bridge that connects their very different worlds. They continue to meet at the river, to wade in it, to splash each other with its water, to test its ice in winter. After Julia’s death, Colt is drawn to the river as much as ever; it is the only remaining witness to the secret life he’d been leading.
After I wrote The Secret Year, I was startled to find that Anais Nin had once described a folk cure for madness that involved placing a person next to a flowing river. The person was supposed to throw a stone into the river to unlock any blocked feelings, so that the feelings could flow again. I was not aware of this before I wrote my book, but it certainly reminded me of Colt. (Yes, there’s even a scene where he throws stones in the water.) Whether he succeeds in healing his “madness” and unlocking all the secrets that bound him to Julia, I leave you to discover.
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