The comparative book is Where The Crawdads Sing which is a coming of age story set vividly within a landscape. In Go as a River, protagonist Victoria's life is dreary having lost her mother and becomes the attendant caretaker of her father and uncle in her role of undertaking mothers duties. A stranger comes to town having escaped the coal mines and a love story ensues. The back drop of breathtaking nature writing and the awakening to love between two likable attractive characters is theatrically contrasted against the racist attitudes of the small town folk.
On a cool autumn day in 1948, Victoria Nash delivers late-season peaches from her family's farm set amid the wild beauty of Colorado, then heads into the village. As she nears an intersection, a dishevelled stranger stops to ask her the way. How she chooses to answer will unknowingly alter the course of both their young lives.
So begins the mesmerising story of split-second choices and courageous acts that propel Victoria away from the only home she has ever known and towards a reckoning with loss, hope and her own untapped strength.
Gathering all the pieces of her small and extraordinary existence, spinning through the eddies of desire, heartbreak and betrayal, she will arrive at a single rocky decision that will change her life for ever.
A heart-wrenching coming-of-age story and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettable characters and a breathtaking natural setting, it is a sweeping story of survival and becoming, of the deepest mysteries of love, truth and fate.
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