The Same River, by Lisa Reddick

Lisa Reddick, released her first novel The Same River on October 9th, 2018. Raised in Oregon, USA, Reddick has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of her life, and that region has become a main focus and inspiration for her writing.

The Same River is a meandering tale of two women living on the Nesika River in central Oregon—Jess, a feisty, sexy, biologist who fights fiercely to save the river she loves, and Piah, a young Native American woman battling the invisible intrusion of disease and invasive danger on the same river 200 years earlier. Throughout the novel, each woman learns important lessons from the other about how to love, and to rekindle their faith in the future―even in the face of tragic loss and uncertainty. The Same River teaches us that wisdom comes from the recovery of wildness.

“Reddick offers us a fierce, yet heart-based response to the questions so many of us are burning to answer: How we can protect and save the animals, waters, and land we love so dearly? How do we keep going when the grief for all that we’ve lost threatens to overpower us?” —Gail Hudson, New York Times bestselling co-author with Jane Goodall of Seeds of Hope, Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants

The Same River was inspired by childhood events. In the spring of 1974, Reddick’s sister drowned in a river boating accident, and that same event is where this novel begins. The Same River was based off a nonfiction essay Reddick published in 2002 titled The River, which she wrote as part of her Master’s program at Antioch University Seattle, where she taught for over 15 years.  

Reddick describes this novel as activist fiction, blended with the non-linear magical creativity of Native American writers Joy Harjo and Leslie Marmon Silko.

Reddick is currently working on a sequel to The Same River, as well as another book that explores the unique relationships humans have with their dogs.

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