River, Sing Out (Hardcover)

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I fell in love with James Wade's debut novel, ALL THINGS LEFT WILD last year and I dove into his sophomore novel RIVER, SING OUT with no questions asked. I didn't know the first thing about it, but I knew I was going to love it and I have never been more right in my entire life. RIVER, SING OUT is the quintessential American novel. It is simultaneously a beautiful homage to classic genres of books past and a bright new voice that is completely unique. Through the eyes of a thirteen year old boy who lives in a trailer with his abusive father and a teenage girl on the run from a notorious drug lord in east Texas with thousands of dollars of stolen meth in her backpack, we see how poverty, drugs, and corruption tear a community apart at the ground level. It's violent, heart- racing, and hopeful and I quite literally could not put it down. Fans of Cormac McCarthy will fall in love with this book, but it's really for anyone who loves to feel their heart ache at just how gorgeous literature can be. 

— Conner (Assistant Book Manager)


Attempting to escape his abusive father and generations of cyclical poverty, young Jonah Hargrove joins the mysterious River--a teenage girl carrying thousands of dollars in stolen meth--and embarks on a southern gothic odyssey through the East Texas river bottoms.

They are pursued by local drug kingpin John Curtis and his murderous enforcer, Dakota Cade, with whom River was romantically involved. But Cade and Curtis have their own enemies, as their relationship with the cartel controlling their meth supply begins to sour.

Keeping tabs on everyone is the Thin Man, a silent assassin who values consequence over mercy.

Each person is keeping secrets from the others--deadly secrets that will be exposed in savage fashion as their final paths collide and all are forced to come to terms with their choices, their circumstances, and their own definition of God.

With a colorful cast of supporting characters and an unflinching violence juxtaposed against lyrical prose, River, Sing Out dives deep into a sinister and sanguinary world, where oppressive poverty is pitted against the need to believe in something greater than the self.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781982601089
ISBN-10: 1982601086
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English