Deep River Burning

Deep River Burning Denver Oakley s home town of Adena Pennsylvania has become a world on fire The abandoned coal mines underneath the town are a blazing inferno the escaping smoke and gases killing vegetation and maki

  • Title: Deep River Burning
  • Author: Donelle Dreese
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Denver Oakley s home town of Adena, Pennsylvania has become a world on fire The abandoned coal mines underneath the town are a blazing inferno, the escaping smoke and gases killing vegetation and making residents sick Denver, who recently lost her parents, feels adrift and alone She sells the family home, drops out of college and takes refuge in Isabel Beach, North CaroDenver Oakley s home town of Adena, Pennsylvania has become a world on fire The abandoned coal mines underneath the town are a blazing inferno, the escaping smoke and gases killing vegetation and making residents sick Denver, who recently lost her parents, feels adrift and alone She sells the family home, drops out of college and takes refuge in Isabel Beach, North Carolina There, white, scalloped beaches and a coastal wildlife sanctuary provide Denver with a sense of belonging and a new focus.And then she receives a letter from Josh, a good friend who disappeared from Adena before Denver left In the letter, Josh asks her to return to their hometown and meet with him at their old meeting place on the river She thought she d never go back, and is still not convinced she can re open those old wounds.But if she ignores the letter, Denver will always wonder what might have been.

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    1. I liked this book. It starts with three kids hanging out together in Adena, PA, thru their eventual separations as they grow a little, and ends with two getting back together. The third one has passed on. The male of the three does whatever is fun for him. He's not bad at all. The main woman leaves for someplace warmer and is discovered asleep on a beach by a priest. I never go into much derail in these reviews, as I don't want to set any expectations for future readers. The pace is rather slow [...]

    2. The first thing to know about Deep River Burning is that it takes time to produce its poetic, majestic descriptions and is not a hasty plot packed with one-dimensional action; so if it's immediate gratification you're seeking in the way of a thriller/romance, look elsewhere. The real strength in a novel lies in its ability to build both emotional connection and a sense of place, and Dreese achieves this in a methodical manner that takes the necessary time to do both, aptly demonstrated in the op [...]

    3. Generations ago, the small town of Adena was built by coal. And now, it is slowly being destroyed by it. The coal mines that snake under the streets of Adena are on fire; sections of road are collapsing, noxious gasses are making people sick, and temperatures underground are unbelievably hot. The fire is unstoppable, but many in Adena refuse to listen, and the arguments between those who want to relocate and those who are determined to stay burn just as hotly as the coal underground. Denver Oakl [...]

    4. This is a pleasant and soulful read lush with natural metaphor. Steeped in nature, thematically it offers a spiritual exploration of moving on and letting go.It tells the coming of age story of Denver Oakley in a striking setting. Denver’s hometown, Adena, Pennsylvania, lies on top of an abandoned coal mine. Accidentally set afire, it is now burning unstoppably below the town. This odd environmental disaster makes for a fascinating setting. The book explores a town’s reaction to the unseen f [...]

    5. Deep River Burning is a beautifully written novel that explores the intriguing life of a young woman named Denver and the devastation that is consuming the only world she's ever known.Denver has lived in Adena her entire life, but when her father discovers a fire burning in the coal mines beneath her beloved town, Denver's life is forever changed. Tensions run high between the small town folks and Denver's dad becomes the scapegoat. One even Denver's best friend, Josh, gets word to her that her [...]

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