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By Donna Milner

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ISBN-13: 9780061462993

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Sooner than River, every thing used to be ideal. . . . becoming up on a Canadian dairy farm lower than miles from the yank border, fifteen-year-old Natalie Ward understands little of the skin global. yet her loving, close-knit kinfolk is the envy of old and young alike within the close by city of Atwood. Natalie adores her 3 brothers—especially Boyer, the eldest, whom she idolizes. yet every little thing adjustments one sizzling July afternoon in 1966 whilst a long-haired stranger seems to be at their door—a soft-spoken American, a Vietnam battle resister, who will try the family's morals and ideology, and set in movement catastrophic occasions that may shatter Natalie's relationships with these she so much dearly loves.

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She stopped and looked down at me, clamped her mouth shut, and squeezed my hand. She then nodded to her friends, spun around and marched away straight-backed with me in tow. For the next few weeks my mother did the Monday ironing by herself. ’ my father asked at lunch on the first Monday Ma Cooper and Widow Beckett were absent. ‘I told them not to come,’ Mom said. ’ A few weeks later, on Christmas Eve, they showed up at our door just as all my parents’ friends and neighbours did each year. They stood on the enclosed porch stamping snow from their boots and looking a little sheepish.

Well, it’s a pleasure to meet you, Natalie,’ he said. 37 D ONNA MILNER And my name fell flat into the still air, thudded, and was gone. No magic, no music, just vowels and consonants. Three flat syllables. Nothing more. He captured my hand in a firm grasp, where it went limp from the heat of this stranger’s skin. I stood there frozen, tongue-tied, suddenly feeling conscious of my childish ponytail, my jeans and loose T-shirt, and my tomboyish looks, of which up until that moment I had been proud.

She was tiny, but not delicate. It was as if her small-boned body was made of steel. Gracefully 42 AFTER RIVER strong is the only way I can describe her. She looked like good music should sound. Back then I’m sure I looked and moved like the proverbial ugly ducking, waddling under her mother’s beautiful wing. I wasn’t very old when I became aware of the fact I would never be beautiful, never turn heads the way my mother did. I grew up knowing that, unlike her, I would never be on the receiving end of appreciative glances from men, or the tight-lipped smiles of the women by their sides.

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