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Once Upon a River
By (author): Diane Setterfield
9780385663328 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical Dec 04, 2018
$34.00 CAD
Forthcoming 9.53 x 9 x 6.56 in 432 pages Doubleday Canada Bond Street Books
From bestselling author Diane Setterfield, a new mystery as gorgeous, spellbinding and addictively readable as her blockbuster debut The Thirteenth Tale.

Solstice is a time of dreaming, a time of stories and a time of magic.

On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. The 600-year-old pub is a famed hub for storytellers, but the patrons cannot know that their evening will be stranger than any tale they could weave. Into the inn bursts a mysterious man, sopping and bloodied and carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. But before he can explain who he and the child are, and how they came to be injured, he collapses.

Upriver, two families are searching desperately for their missing daughters. Alice Armstrong has been missing for twenty-four hours, ever since her mother’s suicide. And Amelia Vaughan vanished without a trace two years prior. When the families learn of the lost little girl at the Swan Inn, each wonders if their child has at last been found. But identifying the child may not be as easy as it seems.

Once Upon a River is a miracle of a novel, a tale of love and family, of secrets and betrayal, and of the transformative power of storytelling.

Story Locale: England

DIANE SETTERFIELD is the author of The Thirteenth Tale, which was published in thirty-eight countries worldwide and has sold more than three million copies, and Bellman & Black. Before leaving academia to pursue writing, she taught English at the Institut universitaire de technologie and the Ecole nationale supérieure de Chimie, both in Mulhouse, France, and later lectured in French at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. She lives in Oxford, UK.

Author Residence: Oxford, UK

Author Hometown: Englefield, Berkshire, UK

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Author Website: www.dianesetterfield.com

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"Setterfield masterfuly assembles an ensemble of wounded, vulnerable characters who, nevertheless, live by the slimmest margins of hope. . . . [Once Upon a River] celebrates the timeless secrets of life, death and imagination—and the enduring power of words. Fans, rejoice!" —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"One of the most pleasurable and satisfying new books I've read in a long time. Setterfield is a master storyteller. . . . Swift and entrancing, profound and beautiful." —Madeline Miller, internationally bestselling author of Circe and The Song of Achilles

"A beguiling tale, full of twists and turns like the river at its heart, and just as rich and intriguing." —M.L. Stedman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Light Between Oceans

"This is magical, bewitching storytelling. . . . High prose expressed with rare clarity, story for the unashamed sake of story, a kind of moral dreaminess . . . well, the list continues to grow." —Jim Crace, National Book Critics Circle winner and author of Being Dead and Harvest

"I was completely spellbound by this book. Numerous strands of the same story are skillfully woven into a magical web from which I, as a reader, had no desire to escape. Setterfield's prose is beautiful, dark and eerily atmospheric, and her rich cast of characters convincingly illustrate the best and worst of humanity. Utterly brilliant!" —Ruth Hogan, internationally bestselling author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

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