The River Queen

A Memoir by Mary Morris

  • Published: Sep 29, 2020

This story of a middle-aged woman's odyssey down the Mississippi River is a funny, beautifully written, and poignant tale of a journey that transforms a life In fall 2005 acclaimed travel writer Mary Morris set off down the Mississippi in a battered... read more

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Details of The River Queen

Exact title of the book
The River Queen
Book author
Mary Morris
ISBN
9781466843608
Publisher
Henry Holt and Co.
Published
May 03, 2013
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
288
File size (in PDF)
2592 kB

Some brief overview of book

This story of a middle-aged woman's odyssey down the Mississippi River is a funny, beautifully written, and poignant tale of a journey that transforms a life In fall 2005 acclaimed travel writer Mary Morris set off down the Mississippi in a battered old houseboat called the River Queen, with two river rats named Tom and Jerryand a rat terrier, named Samantha Jean, who hated her. It was a time of emotional turmoil for Morris. Her father had just died; her daughter was leaving home; life was changing all around her.

It was then she decided to return to the Midwest where she was from, to the river she remembered, where her father had played jazz piano in tiny towns. Morris describes living like a pirate and surviving a tornado. Because of Katrina, oil prices, and drought, the river was often emptya ghost riverand Morris experienced it as Joliet and Marquette had four hundred years earlier.

As she learned to pilot her beloved River Queen without running aground and made peace with Samantha Jean, Morris got her groove back, reconnecting to her past. More important, she came away with her best book, a bittersweet travel tale told in the very real voice of a smart, sad, funny, gutsy, and absolutely appealing woman.

About author

Morris is the author of three other travel memoirs, each one representing a different moment in her life Nothing to Declare Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone (0-312-19941-4), Wall to Wall, and Angels and Aliens. She is also the author of six novels and three collections of short stories. When she is not traveling and writing, Morris is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College where she teaches creative writing.

The recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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