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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The spell is already being felt in the book world: It was really disturbing! Rueben Land is convinced that miracles abound and that his father, Jeremiah Land, is touched by grace; he has seen it. Davy loves his dad, but he finds the concept of an omnipotent God as claustrophobic as the cell.

PEACE LIKE A RIVER by Leif Enger | Kirkus Reviews

View all 23 comments. It is a novel of faith, the kind of novel which I normally find hard to connect with, since m Whoever typeset this book should be fired, and then possibly summarily shot. Reuben initially describes Roxanna as ugly, but when she takes the family in, gives them some gas, cooks for them, and lets them spend the night, he slowly, detail by detail, begins to see her as beautiful — and this transformation which Enger handles in a way that almost approaches magic realism is well done.


Oh, and did I mention he works miracles? Lists with This Book. I acknowledge that this novel is a well-crafted work of art.


Few openly sympathize with the late thugs, but many are quietly pleased to see pious Jeremiah taken oike a step or two. Books by Leif Enger. When the trial takes a turn for the worse, Davy breaks out of jail and goes on the lam. I just happened to be at a spot where I could take off into it.

He holds dialogue with God that no one else is privy to including the readerat one point even going toe-to-toe in what appears to be an actual physical struggle. Her fingers were the oldest part of her?? You can not make random nonsense occur to one family in the liie world and expect me as a reader to run with it.

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

I have added braided extensions to my hair, dolled up my face with bad 80s makeup and donned my largest hoop earrings. It’s probably been picked to death! There is beauty in the language, in the place and time the language evokes, in character and in theme. Faith is hanging onto your belief when nothing makes engerr and God doesn’t seem to be taking your calls. The plot loses steam, and I lost interest. You are very near then to being friendless in this world.


Once in a distant while there comes a novel that brings me to tears as I turn its final pages.

Hate me for hating this wannabe John Irving knock-off debut. For the trial, the Lands stay with their lawyer, Mr.

Peace Like a River

Deeply moving, organically told tale with lovely character development. Enger’s writing style allows for long lapses in anything actually happening. I loved all the characters, as well as the story, which centers around the perspective of witnessing, loyalty, family ties, faith, character and miracles. He opened his eyes and discovered he was running—sprinting across the grass toward the door. It engerr my heart, folks, it really does.

I wanted to love it, and I did love it–until about halfway through. Hailed as one of the year’s top five novels by Time, and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller Peace Like a River captured the hearts of a nation in need of comfort. Books and Jams Re That said, there is some violence.