The River and the Railroad (First Edition)

eBook (PDF), 383 Pages
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Published by Blue River Press (2010), this highlights the adventures of two boys, set in the small Canadian town of New Thunder in 1913. Determined to run away by hopping the train like their friend Hobo Willy, their goal is to head west to the Rocky Mountains, or south to Florida. Before they leave, they get involved as witnesses to a murder, and this sets in motion a perilous chain of events. “The book is really about two boys growing up in a small southern Ontario town,” says Menary, “and as such, it will remind readers of the little triumphs and tragedies we all experience in youth. So much of the book is infused with my own childhood and this, ultimately, is not so different from the experiences of most others. I hope this book will give people moments they can recognize, remember and treasure. It's a reflection of a time and place that has come and gone, but the little pieces of time captured in The River and the Railroad are universal.”
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  • By David Menary
    Mar 24, 2010
    A summary of reviews: “I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked when the boys jumped onto the train at Barrie’s Cut and then I kept reading and waiting for that part of the story to be resolved, and the author didn’t disappoint.” Thomas A. Reitz, Curator Doon Heritage Crossroads “A real page turner.” Ted Beare Brantford Expositor
  • By John Desantos
    Mar 24, 2010
    Menary’s first novel, Terrier Town: Summer of ’49 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), won a 2004 Honourable Mention in the historical fiction category of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards in Chicago. The winning novel was Mark Twain’s previously unfinished sequel to Huckleberry Finn, co-authored by American writer Lee Nelson. Menary's second novel, which he admits is part memoir, is about two young boys in the year before the Great War. He chronicles the lives of protagonist, Skiff, and his constant companion and best friend, Owen, in small-town Ontario during the great era of steam trains. If you thought small town life was boring, or quiet, think again, as Menary infuses adventure, plenty of humour, and some poignant and serious events into the tale. The boys dream of running away by hopping a train near their gathering place at Barrie's Cut, and making their way either to Florida or out west to the mountains. A chance meeting with Hobo Willy, and a tragic turn of events,... More > bonds the boys and their hobo friend, and proves to be a valuable life lesson. The book is well-written, as was his earlier work. In fact, the dean of Canadian parliamentary writers in Ottawa, Douglas Fisher, in his review of Menary's first novel, wrote: “This is a book about more than baseball in the summer of ’49. It’s also about a family after World War II, and about able players, proud towns and the idling excitement of a summer game, recalled by an evocative author whose prose reminded me of Roger Khan’s famous Boys of Summer.” In Menary's second novel, he combines the writing style that is evocative of Roger Khan while deftly tackling the lives, and more importantly, the spirit, of Skiff and Owen with a story that portrays a strong bond of friendship that holds the boys together in a small Ontario railroad town. Highly recommended reading for anyone who once had childhood dreams of seeing the world.< Less
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Blue River Press
November 3, 2011
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