"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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