Go as a River

Go as a River

The powerful Sunday Times bestseller


When a moment changes everything, how do you live the rest of your life?

GO AS A RIVER is the powerful and emotional Sunday Times bestselling novel which you'll never forget.
'A sweeping story of survival and becoming' Women's Prize for Fiction
'Spellbinding' The Times
'Beautiful' Daily Mail

1940s Colorado: Teenage Victoria Nash is the sole surviving woman in a family of troubled men. She spends her days running the household on her family's peach farm.

Wilson Moon is a young drifter with a mysterious past. Displaced from his tribal land, he wants to believe one place is just like another.

When Victoria and Wil meet on a street corner, their unexpected connection ignites both passion and danger, revelations and secrets.

But when tragedy strikes, Victoria is propelled away from the only home she has ever known and towards a reckoning with loss, hope, and her own untapped strength. Gathering all the pieces of her small and extraordinary existence, she will arrive at a single rocky decision that will change her life for ever.

Go as a River is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story and a drama of enthralling power.
What readers are saying:

'An incredible read. Emotional heartbreaking, but very 'real' Five stars *****
'Oh, how i loved this book
. Going to be Christmas presents for all my family' Five stars *****
'After reading non-stop all night
, i'm feeling very emotional, still' Five stars *****
'From the moment i started reading, i found it very hard to put down' Five stars *****



  • A lush tale of female resilience. Evokes the awe-inspiring beauty of the Colorado landscape with affection

About the author

Shelley Read

Shelley Read is a fifth generation Coloradoan who lives with her family in the Elk Mountains of the Western Slope. She was a Senior Lecturer at Western Colorado University for nearly three decades, where she taught writing, literature, environmental studies, and Honors, and was a founder of the Environment & Sustainability major and a support program for first-generation and at-risk students. GO AS A RIVER, her first novel, is inspired by the landscape she comes from and will be published in over twenty-eight territories.
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