What the River Wants


Fiction - Southern
318 Pages
Reviewed on 05/26/2017
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Author Biography

Arthur is a retired technology executive and former high school and college English teacher. Born and raised in Mississippi before moving to Oklahoma after receiving his Master’s degree, he enjoyed years of fishing, hunting, and exploring nature before AT&T transferred him to New Jersey where he has lived for over thirty years. He now splits his time between the forests of northern NJ and the beaches of the Dominican Republic. “What the River Wants” is his first novel about the south, but another book, “Crossing Lake Pontchartrain” will soon be published in the next few months as well.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

What the River Wants by Arthur Byrd is a gripping Southern fiction novel that features family, love, loyalty, solitude, and the subtle ways the past has its grip on us. The past is not always gone; it lives in our memory and, at times, it haunts us. This is a fact that comes through neatly in this novel about an old man, Tom, living as a recluse in a cabin by the river, tormented by his past. Readers are introduced to his teenage grandson, full of life and uncertainty, longing to reconnect with this old man. What happens when we have betrayed our own? Read this story of family secrets, of fragile threads, of disappointments, and redemption. It has a little piece of each family in it. A story told in a very clear and beautiful voice, utterly absorbing.

Arthur Byrd’s writing, lyrical and evocative, combines the power of prose and descriptive passages with a masterful style of the epistolary and poetry to create a stunning setting, complex characters, and a gripping plot. Here is a random passage that is filled with psychological and emotional insight: “As the wind blurred Tom’s vision, galloping hooves drowned out all other sound as Bucky eased off onto a side trail. Tom felt himself light in the moment, weightless in a dreamlike instant of complete rapture, lost in the freedom of immediacy. The sound and feeling conjured in his mind a distant image, the ancient artesian well at his childhood home still flowing endlessly and watering his boyhood garden.” What the River Wants is a delightful story that explores the life of a family and how incidents around the river change everything and define paths. Great characters, vivid setting, awesome story! You won’t be able to put it down.