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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.

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"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."

Jennifer Gilmore, author of the YA novel, If Only.

"Beautifully written and imagined, River brings us face to face with the real and powerful meaning of family history."

Amy Wilentz, author of Farewell, Fred Voodoo.

"...a classic tale of longing...this richly imagined story travels the river of time to a past that shows us who we are now."

Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life.

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