House by the River

By Sid Smith
May 2004
ISBN: 033042713X
262 pages, Illustrated, 4 ½" x 7"
$16.95 Paper Original

In the wild highlands of southern China, a tribe of fisher folk must venture daily onto a fearsome river. Into their world of struggle and superstition arrives a young couple, John and Grace Gerrard. Raised among the teeming streets of Hong Kong and Canton, they now confront a culture so alien that it threatens their love - and their lives. John is soon enthralled by the fisher folk, swept up by their dark gods and the invigorating dangers of the river. Meanwhile, Grace's missionary work only incites mistrust.

Hoping to reconcile her Western religion with her Asian blood, she begins to develop an extraordinary theory…. But her insights provoke a murderous conspiracy. Parted by their enemies and the unforgiving river, John and Grace must now find each other across the mountains and rapids of China's secret heart. This is a gripping, lyrical tale of danger and redemption that uncovers an extraordinary hidden world.

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