Down in the River by Ryan Blacketter, the third book from Slant, officially releases TODAY! Marilynne Robinson, author of Gilead, says “[Ryan] has a marvelous eye for the emotional textures of the most commonplace experience, the kind that familiarity makes almost subliminal.” Ryan’s novel of fevered and emotional gravitas follows young Lyle Rettew on his journey through grief and the inchoate experience of memory.
For a sneak peek, you can read the first chapter of Down in the River by clicking here. In this excerpt you’ll meet Lyle, who just moved from the mountains of Idaho to Eugene, Oregon following the death of his sixteen-year-old twin sister. Lyle, fighting to keep his memory of her alive, quits taking the lithium that numbs his mind and begins to openly rebel against his family for the first time.
Congratulations to Ryan on the release of Down in the River!