Go as a River

Shelley Read

Original publisher: Spiegel & GrauLiterary Fiction

On behalf of: Spiegel & Grau

In the spirit of Where the Crawdads Sing, a beautiful evocation of young love and a stunning exploration of our connection to the natural world.

Iola, Colorado, is a town that was drowned in the early 1960s to create the Blue Mesa Reservoir. Go as a River is a poignant and beautifully written story of love and longing.

Tori is a teenager growing up in Iola when she meets and falls in love with a young man on the run. Wilson Moon is a member of a Native American tribe in the Four Corners region who doesn’t talk about his past, but in Tori he finds a kindred spirit. The town of Iola doesn’t like outsiders; and when Tori finds herself pregnant and alone, she flees into the nearby mountains, where she feels both at home in the wilderness and devastated by the loss of Wil. What happens afterward is a quest to regain what she has lost, even as her home is submerged beneath a river.

Go as a River is a story of loss—of home, of family, of love—but it is also about finding these precious things where least expected.