Once Upon a River (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Author of The Thirteenth Tale, Setterfield returns with a beautifully-threaded, character-driven novel that will leave you enchanted from start to finish. The inhabitants of the small, riverside town of Radcot are comfortable living among the Thames when an injured man stumbles into their local pub carrying a dead girl. When she wakes up hours later, the people are left to wonder if it was science, magic, or a miracle that brought her back to life. This book is deeply atmospheric, lyrical, and spell-binding.

— Margaret

From the author of The Thirteenth Tale comes a beguiling tale, which weaves folklore with magic, myth and science.

Diane Setterfield  is  a master storyteller who will pull you through the twists and turns of her tale and will leave you entranced.

— Jennifer

December 2018 Indie Next List

“Time to settle down for a story. It begins, as good stories should, with the rescue of a pair of strangers on a winter night. Though all is not as it seems in Diane Setterfield’s latest, as Once Upon a River quickly delves into a mystery. The young girl was dead when she was pulled from the river, but hours later she begins to breathe. As the story of her revival spreads, more than one member of the village feels mysteriously drawn to her. Could she be their missing child, estranged granddaughter, long-lost sister? Setterfield’s work is the closest an adult can come to settling down for story time, and Once Upon a River has the same magic, timeless, and cozy charm of a tale that has been told through the ages. Simply lovely.”
— Molly Gillespie, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

“The Swan, an ancient inn on the Thames River in the town of Radcott, stands at the center of this magical tale full of riveting, complex characters and storylines. The drowned body of a very young girl is brought to the Swan late one night, and she is mysteriously revived. Who is she? Why was she found in the river? How did she come back to life? The marvelous cast of characters who frequent the Swan and live near Radcott speculate and become drawn irresistibly into her story. Absorbing and wonderful!”
— Georgiana Dix Blomberg, Magnolia's Bookstore, Seattle, WA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643581088
ISBN-10: 1643581082
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Center Point
Publication Date: March 1st, 2019
Pages: 500
Language: English