Go as a River by Shelley Read - A Historical Fiction Coming-of-Age Story

Go as a River by Shelley Read

Title: Go as a River 

Author: Shelley Read

Synopsis:  Victoria "Torie" Nash is a 17-year-old girl, who falls in love with someone her family does not approve of in the 1940s. Growing up in a small Colorado town, she keeps her love hidden, until a tragedy tears apart her family, and she is forced to make some heartbreaking decisions, which haunt her for decades to come. 

What makes Go as a River so Special? Go as a River by Shelley Read - A touching coming-of-age, historical fiction story that pulls you in, breaks your heart, and leaves you with a feeling that you just read a classic sprinkled with diversity. A great reminder to us all about how inequality and hatred change lives and tear families and lovers apart. The traumas that Torie goes through in her life shape her and how she reacts to the events around her. The heartbreak, her determination, and her resolute mind make her stronger, and she draws on this strength to move forward in life despite the forces around her that aim to take her down.

Victoria's connection to nature is also a part of what makes Go as a River so special, and it makes the reader feel as a part of the story. 

Genre: Historical fiction, coming-of-age fiction.

Book location: Colorado

Originally published in: 2023

Original publisher: Spiegel & Grau

About the author: Go as a River is author Shelley Read's debut novel. Read is proud of being a 5th generation Coloradoan, and she has a great connection to nature and animals. 

"I always say I’m the happiest when I’m on the highest of high mountain peaks, and in the deepest of deep canyons—extremes are where I find my greatest joy. I spend a tremendous amount of my life in wild places, and I honestly think wild landscapes are the only places where existence really makes sense to me." Shelley Read interview from the Moab Sun News. 

Author Location: Colorado

Go as a River Quote: "Just as a single rainstorm can erode the banks and change the course of a river, so can a single circumstance of a girl's life erase who she was before." Go as a River by Shelley Read

Author Website: www.shelleyread.com

Author Social Media: @shelleyread.author on Instagram

Where to Buy: Buy Go as a River on Amazon and at other booksellers.

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