River is the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who travels back in time, and across continents, encountering her maternal forebears when they were her age. From the Australian Outback, where she meets a young Aboriginal man, to brutal, racist South Africa during World War II, to the midst of a pogrom in Lithuania, and then all the way back to the Babylon of biblical times, Emily has deep encounters with the young women she meets, as well as with the history that shapes them—and ultimately, the histories that have mysteriously and yet powerfully shaped her own soul.
"Shira Nayman's enchanting #ya novel--the story of a time traveling young woman who comes to understand herself through the experiences of her maternal ancestors. RIVER will suck you in and keep you in its current until the very end."
The Jewish Book Council
"Author Nayman has a remarkable gift for description which enables us to imagine that we are with her on her [protagonist's] remarkable journey, seeing the sights that she sees, and learning Jewish history along the way."
Donald Harrison, editor at the San Diego Jewish World
"luminescent... what the history of a family truly means. A breathtaking read."
"Beautifully written and imagined, River brings us face to face with the real and powerful meaning of family history."
"...a classic tale of longing...this richly imagined story travels the river of time to a past that shows us who we are now."
"This is the first book I’ve read by Shira Nayman, I’ve added A Mind of Winter to my reading list as I’m excited to read earlier books written by Shira. I enjoyed River, its unique crafted writing style captivated and entertained. Definitely recommend."
"With a big shout out I would like to thank Shira Nayman, Guernica Editions and NetGalley for the ARC of River. This is the first book I’ve read by Shira Nayman, I’ve added A Mind of Winter to my reading list as I’m excited to read earlier books written by Shira. I enjoyed River, its unique crafted writing style captivated and entertained. "
– Tim, GoodReads.com
"Meticulous fingers went through this unfolding plot, deep characters searched the author, and the truth, knocked from her consciousness, lay winking before a profound 'River.' I left this beautiful story and river glinting in the soft moonlight. It is light that meant certain things"
– Hadi Atallah, author of ‘Rosemary Bluebell’.