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Deep River
Deep River | Karl Marlantes
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Karl Marlantess debut novel Matterhorn, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Center for Fictions Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytellingthe family epicto craft a stunningly expansive narrative that is no less rich and honest in its depiction of human suffering, courage, and reinvention. Born into a farm family in late nineteenth-century Finland, the three Koski siblingsIlmari, Matti, and Ainoare brought up on the virtue of maintaining their sisu in the face of increasing hardship, especially after their nationalist father is arrested by imperial Russian authorities, never to be seen again. Lured by the prospects of the Homestead Act, Ilmari and Matti set sail for America, and the politicized young Aino, haunted by the specter of betrayal after her Marxist cell is disastrously exposed, follows soon after. Not far from the majestic Columbia River and in the shadow of Douglas firs a hundred meters high, the brothers have established themselves among a logging community in southern Washington, and it is here, in the New World, that each sibling comes into their ownIlmari as the familys spiritual rock; Matti as a fearless logger and the embodiment of the entrepreneurial spirit; and Aino as a fiercely independent woman and union activist who, time and again, sacrifices for the political beliefs that have sustained her through it all. Layered with fascinating historical detail, this is a novel that breathes deeply of the sun-dappled forest and bears witness to the stump-ridden fields the loggers, and the first waves of modernity, leave behind. At its heart, Deep River is an extraordinarily ambitious exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity.
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Amiable
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Spent a pleasant hour this afternoon listening to Karl Marlantes read from his latest book, “Deep River.” He was an excellent speaker! And then of course I bought a copy.

Texreader How awesome!! 1w
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Super smart and super sweet. @SquareBooks

dragondrool I've only read Matterhorn, and found it to be phenomenal! 1mo
Texreader Great photo. Yes Matterhorn was amazing. Unforgettable 1mo
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@SquareBooks can‘t wait to read this.

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Yeah_I_Read
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This is excellent so far!

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Well-ReadNeck
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Going against the grain with this one, but I just couldn‘t finish it. Good enough story, but it‘s very slow and incredibly long. And, 42% into the book, I just don‘t find myself invested enough to continue. #netgalley

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Hazel0303
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The problem you face when you really love to read and this book sounds sooo interesting, but it is EIGHT HUNDRED PAGES. I teetered on the request button and being the insane person I am I hit request. No idea how I‘m going to fit this in hahahahaha. The obsession is real!

Well-ReadNeck I got this one, too. Had the same thoughts. I might dive into it this weekend or next. 3mo
Hazel0303 @Well-ReadNeck You'll have to let me know how it is!! My request is still sitting there. I emailed Grove directly with a review of another book of theirs and a request for the ARC, but silence is golden (so far). 😁 3mo
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Jacquelyne
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I feel like I've just had a (highly enjoyable) crash history course on Finland, socialism vs capitalism, northwest America, labor unions, and more. The history lessons are rich, but the plot was not compromised for historical accuracy in any way. This is a quote-rich tale full of points that beg for deep discussion, whether in a book club or across the dinner table or up on Capitol Hill. Enthusiastically recommended!

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I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction, so I wasn't expecting to enjoy this 700+ page family epic as much as I did. Aino is the ultimate feminist heroine, and I learned so much about the labor movement, an essential part of American history. It was empowering to read about early 20th century left-wing organizing, and I found myself continuously cheering on Aino's impassioned arguments against capitalism.

batsy Wow. This sounds fascinating. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! 8mo
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Liberty
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Weekend plans! I‘ve built my book nest and stocked up on drinks. I‘m ready for a reading weekend! What are you reading this weekend? I‘m reading HERESY, then NEVER-CONTENTED THINGS. And the new Nell Zink, as well as THE UNLIKELY ADVENTURES OF THE SHERGILL SISTERS. And I really want to read THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON. But I also have the new Kate Zambreno, and the new Karl Marlantes, so this reading is subject to change without notice. 😂📚

saresmoore It looks super cozy! I hope the weekend will be a balm for your soul. ♥️ 9mo
Bookladylinda Looks cozy!!!!! Reading The Twelve & Little Fires Everywhere. 9mo
JenReadsAlot Good self-care!! 9mo
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ReadingSusan Looks delightful! 9mo
Laura317 Cozy indeed! Enjoy your reading! 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Enjoy your fort! 9mo
Callsie Sounds like heaven! 9mo
Jas16 I loved Heresy. 9mo
rdkate So fun! I'm reading Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow,why have I never read him? Rick Bragg's All Over, But the Shoutin', amazing, why had a never heard of him until recently? And Land of Shadows by Rachel Howe, rec by BookRiot's Mystery newsletter! Not as fast reading as you, Liberty😀 9mo
RanaElizabeth OMG. New Karl Marlantes??? Matterhorn remains a top ten, cannot wait. 9mo
jfalkens I read The Darkest Minds and now I'm rereading The Map to Everywhere. 9mo
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