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North River: A Novel
by Pete Hamill

Published: 2008-06-04
Paperback : 368 pages
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One snowy New Year's Day, in the midst of the Great Depression, Dr. James Delaney--haunted by the slaughters of the Great War, and abandoned by his wife and daughter--returns home to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep, left by his mother in Delaney's care. Coping with this ...
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One snowy New Year's Day, in the midst of the Great Depression, Dr. James Delaney--haunted by the slaughters of the Great War, and abandoned by his wife and daughter--returns home to find his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep, left by his mother in Delaney's care. Coping with this unexpected arrival, Delaney hires Rose, a tough, decent Sicilian woman with a secret in her past. Slowly, as Rose and the boy begin to care for the good doctor, the numbness in Delaney begins to melt. Recreating 1930s New York with the vibrancy and rich detail that are his trademarks, Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor, family, and one man's simple courage that no reader will soon forget.


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  "Just OK"by FriendshipSisters (see profile) 11/10/11

This novel is a very slow moving story, with no plot, but great historical detail. I loved the Doc, but found no connection to any of the other characters. This was an OK book but not one I would recommend.... (read more)

 
  "North River...a gift from Pete Hamill"by sweetee (see profile) 08/31/10

“North River” by Pete Hamill

Mr. Hamill is a gifted storyteller. His descriptions of time, place, and humanity are vivid and real. I loved “Snow in August” and “Forever”, (I

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  "North River"by jendorf10 (see profile) 03/11/10

Our group enjoyed the book. Several participants confirmed the authenticity of the area in New York during that time period. The story was an accurate historial portrayal of NY. The characters interacted... (read more)

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