As an author and project manager for a book design company, I can’t help judging a book’s cover. As Forrest Gump might say, “There’s an awful lot you can tell about a book, by its cover.” 😉 Some covers are designed to draw in the eye, with pops of metallic accents and bold colors. Others, like James Wade’s River, Sing Out, are designed to evoke an emotion. I was drawn to this book because of its title (I have a weakness for water-themes) and the sunset colors over the river scene. This is a cover that invites you to come a little closer, unveil the mystery. I hope you enjoy discovering more about River, Sing Out. Happy reading!
RIVER, SING OUT
“And through these ages untold, the river did act as the lifeblood of all those things alongside it.”
Jonah Hargrove is celebrating his thirteenth birthday by avoiding his abusive father, when a girl named River stumbles into his yard, injured and alone. The teenager has stolen thousands of dollars’ worth of meth from her murderous, drug-dealing boyfriend, but lost it somewhere in the Neches River bottoms during her escape. Jonah agrees to help her find and sell the drugs so she can flee East Texas.
Chasing after them is John Curtis, a local drug kingpin and dogfighter, as well as River’s boyfriend, the dangerous Dakota Cade.
Each person is keeping secrets from the others — deadly secrets that will be exposed in violent fashion as all are forced to come to terms with their choices, their circumstances, and their own definition of God.
With a colorful cast of supporting characters and an unflinching violence juxtaposed against lyrical prose, River, Sing Out dives deep into the sinister world of the East Texas river bottoms, where oppressive poverty is pitted against the need to believe in something greater than the self.
Meet James Wade
James Wade lives and writes in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Jordan. He has had twenty short stories published in various literary magazines and journals. He is the winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest and a finalist of the Tethered by Letters Short Fiction Contest. All Things Left Wild is his debut novel.
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