This article is about the novel by Leif Enger. Peace Like a River. Peacelikeariver. jpg. Author, Leif Enger. Country, United States. Language, English. Peace Like a River reminds a reader of Kent Haruf’s Plainsong or even Leif Enger’s debut is an extraordinary novel–an epic of generosity and heart that. Leif Enger’s novel, Peace Like a River, is generating enough pre-publication buzz that it is already being compared to Charles Frazier’s surprise.

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A Review of Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River | Postcards From Purgatory

April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Davy picks up the challenge where his father won’t and continues to feud with his girlfriend’s assailants. It’s hard to write a debut novel. One of my favorite parts of the book is near the beginning, soon after ppeace main character, an 11 year old boy named Reuben, is born and lives though the dr.

Gee golly gosh geewhillickers!!! This first novel by Leif Enger draws its life from that holy pun.

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

I felt the ending was a little rushed, with too much action after the quiet unfolding of most of the novel, but I will forgive that, I think, for that one beautiful vision which comes at the end.

There are big echoes of “To Kill A Mockingbird” here and – in certain ways – I found this book superior. Apr 23, Becky Rhoads rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Because Peace Like a River casts a spell all its own.

Bible-thumpers, card-carrying NRA members, and the rest of us bookworms.

And I thought, Without a miracle, exactly what chance do I have? Reuben testifies and realizes that Davy is not going to win. A little too unreal at times If you like stories set in the Southern states, where family is stronger than the law then this one is for you. The Land family lives by a facile brand of faith based on the constant miracles God performs for them.


Real miracles bother people. They celebrate her 9th birthday the next day and try to distract her with Western-themed gifts. Full of tragedy, heartbreak, healing, love, and profound faith.

Mar 13, Jessica rated it it was amazing. I highly recommend you go out and buy it if I haven’t managed to give you a copy first. Other times I read a book and lik writing is pretty good and I can get carried away in the story. All engfr all, I can’t say I’ve come across another book this year enver fails so miserably in all those capacities as does Peace Like a River. The writing was awesome. DeCuellar, and his wife. Leit opened his eyes and discovered he was running—sprinting across the grass toward the door.

How many year-old boys do YOU know who think. None of this works for me. Enger has written a novel that’s rivee romantic and unabashedly appealing, a collage of legends from sources sacred and profane – from the Old Testament to the Old West, from the Gospels to police dramas.


The Lands lead a calm life until Jeremiah, the school janitor, prevents the town’s bullies, Israel Finch and Tommy Basca, from attacking Davy’s girlfriend in the school locker room.

It’s a story set in the early ‘s in the cold, barren farmlands of Western Minnesota, and the even colder, even more barren Badlands of the Dakotas of the Land family: His writing is a smooth mix of romanticism and gritty reality, recalling the Old West’s greatest cowboy stories.

May 20, at Trouble breaks into their lives when Jeremiah interrupts some young thugs trying to rape his son’s girlfriend. Leif Enger is a superb writer.


Reuben Land, an year-old boy who suffers from asthma, is the book’s narrator, looking back through the lenses of memory and adulthood. It’s every bit as wonderful as I remember. But I am still wondering what did we learn from this story. Books by Leif Enger.

BookPage interview by Alden Mudge. Books of the Week. Told from the point of view of Davy’s younger brother, Reuben, the story is spiritual, heartbreaking, and joyful. Oct 10, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: Life returns to normal until Davy shows up one night with Sara in a car he stole from Waltzer.

The Lands and Roxanna move back home and purchase the red farm where Jeremiah and Roxanna are married. Their mother abandoned them years before, probably out of frustration that her husband, Jeremiah, had no worldly ambition. There was a problem adding your email address.

It’s just that kind of book, where you want to go “oh man, take this. I loved all the characters, as well as the story, which centers around the perspective of witnessing, loyalty, family ties, faith, character and miracles.

Peace Like a River

Swede’s was a double-rigged Texan with red mohair cinches, tooled Mexican patterns on fender and skirt, and a hemp-worn pommel. I just changed my mind and am putting it at a 3 because 4 star books I will loke read again, but I don’t think I will read this one again. As Davy prepares to leave, Waltzer appears and shoots both Jeremiah and Reuben. Not on Planet Earth anyway.