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by Alison McGhee

  • ISBN: 1844282511
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Alison McGhee
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (January 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • FB2 size: 1999 kb
  • EPUB size: 1300 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
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Get in there, book, you book of wars with your World War I and your World War II and your Korean War and your Vietnam War and your Gulf War and your one after another . Other author's books: All Rivers Flow to the Sea. Menu.

Get in there, book, you book of wars with your World War I and your World War II and your Korean War and your Vietnam War and your Gulf War and your one after another war and war and war. What is the matter with these people, these people who won’t stop fighting, won’t stop hurting each other long enough to see that a body is a thing of beauty, is a miracle of rivers and oceans and islands and continents contained within itself? That the brain is divided into two hemispheres, each symmetrical, each perfect, each with its own system of waterways.

ALISON MCGHEE is the author of the middle-grade novel SNAP, as well as three critically acclaimed novels for adults: SHADOW BABY, a TODAY SHOW Book Club selection; RAINLIGHT; and WAS IT BEAUTIFUL?

ALISON MCGHEE is the author of the middle-grade novel SNAP, as well as three critically acclaimed novels for adults: SHADOW BABY, a TODAY SHOW Book Club selection; RAINLIGHT; and WAS IT BEAUTIFUL? She is also the author of two picture books, COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN and MRS. WATSON WANTS YOUR TEETH, both illustrated by Harry Bliss.

Goodbye March, when it happened, and goodbye April, when Ivy slept, and goodbye May, when Ivy slept, and hello June, and Ivy sleeps on. ‘Be prepared and look ahead,’ I read from the manual. ‘Be prepared and look ahead,’ I read from the manual hould sit comfortably, but upright, and keep both hands on the steering wheel. Slumping in the driver’s seat or steering with one hand makes it harder to control your vehicle, and your relaxed position can lead to a dangerously relaxed attitude toward driving.

The river symbolizes Rose and how she stopped flowing, but in the end, all rivers have to flow to the se. They are the best couple ever, and the way Alison McGhee managed to put this little romance into the book is just perfect

The river symbolizes Rose and how she stopped flowing, but in the end, all rivers have to flow to the sea. Rose and her older sister, Ivy, were in a horrible car accident one evening in the Adirondack Mountains near their home, what I mean by she has struggled to move is that she continued to blame herself for what happened for just running when she should've stayed. They are the best couple ever, and the way Alison McGhee managed to put this little romance into the book is just perfect. It's not the typical teenage love, it's deeper and from the moment I read about Tom, I wanted him to be different with Rose (and he is! yay!).

I have read most of Alison McGhee's books and find her writing to be beautiful, lyrical, and heartfelt. McGhee does an incredible job connecting Rose's pain with us as the reader. This one is no exception. It is the profoundly sad story of a teenage girl struggling with grief and anger over the accident that left her older sister in a persistent vegetative state. we experience her grief from her perspective and the poetic and cyclical storytelling compliments her insights and connects it all home with the reader. frequently the narrative is brought back to the accident, jumps to the present, and slips to the back into childhood memories lyrically and flawlessly.

All Rivers Flow to the Sea. Alison McGhee. For seventeen-year-old Rose, it keeps happening-the car crash. The car crash that put her sister, Ivy, in a coma with only a respirator keeping her alive. McGhee has written a lovely and successful third novel. She brilliantly captures the close but guarded ties between residents of a grieving small town, and delivers dialogue with the uncommon and impressive mix of precision, poignancy, and believability.

All the rivers flow toward the sea, but the sea is never full; then rivers return to the headwaters where they began. To the place from which the rivers come, to there and from there they return again. Bible in Basic English. A Conservative Version. All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place from where the rivers come, there they go again. American Standard Version. All the rivers go down to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the rivers go, there they go again. All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full: unto the place whither the rivers go, thither they go again.

Alison McGhee has done something remarkable with "All Rivers Flow to the Se. Not only has she written an excellent short novel for a particular age group, she has written a novel that transcends the age group. If I didn't know that this was "teen fiction" I would easily put this among her adult novels. She doesn't talk down to her reader, she is incredibly sympathetic, and "All Rivers Flow to the Sea" happens to be just as good as "Rainlight" or "Shadow Baby"

Alison McGhee returns to the landscape of the Adirondacks in this beautifully devastating novel about the things that remain unspoken between parent and child. Never Coming Back is an exquisite book, brim-full with nostalgia, love, regret, humor, yearning–and unforgettable prose.

Alison McGhee returns to the landscape of the Adirondacks in this beautifully devastating novel about the things that remain unspoken between parent and child. Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members.

Again and again, seventeen-year-old Rose Latham relives the collision that left her older sister, Ivy, in a coma, a respirator keeping her alive. She looks for support from those around her, but her mother refuses even to visit the hospital. So, it's up to Rose and family friend William to make the daily vigil to Ivy's bedside. More and more, Rose has the frightening sense that there are rivers inside her, threatening to overflow their banks...Paralysed by memories and faced with denial, she must come to terms with tragedy, and learn to let go.
Reviews about All Rivers Flow To The Sea (7):
Ausstan
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ACOS
This book transports the reader to the mind of a teenage girl, Rose, who is dealing with loss. Rose and her sister Ivy were in the car when a car slid and hit them. Ivy was driving and the doctor’s determined she was in a vegetative state. Rose can’t image life without Ivy. Ivy’s mother can’t let go of her daughter, but can’t stand the pain of visiting her.

Rose is lost and trying to understand how life can go on when everything she cares about seems to have stopped.

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This is a great book for middle school and high school students. There is some foul language and nondescript sexual situations.
Coiwield
I have read most of Alison McGhee's books and find her writing to be beautiful, lyrical, and heartfelt. This one is no exception. It is the profoundly sad story of a teenage girl struggling with grief and anger over the accident that left her older sister in a persistent vegetative state. Somewhat repetitive at times, but perhaps necessary for this character to move through her grief.
Opilar
in a sentence or so: Rose and her sister Ivy were in a car accident that leaves both sisters hanging in-between existences - Ivy hangs between life and death while Rose hangs between life and grief.

Ivy can best be described as moving water. she was constantly in motion and brought others along for the ride. Rose was the still, silent water that needed that rush of Ivy to keep her moving. with Ivy gone, Rose is totally lost. she feels the water inside her bursting and pushing and stirring to get out. she feels an ache in her heart she can't get rid of and tries to make that pain tangible just to try and release it.

the reader meets Rose in the most raw stage of her grief, which is shortly after the accident while Ivy is in the hospital. there's no mystery to what happened - a car crash. there's no mystery about who survived - Rose did and Ivy has zero brain activity and is alive only by machines. the only mystery we have is how Rose will cope with this loss. how can Rose move on when her mother refuses to visit her own daughter in the hospital? how can Rose move on when she has so much hurt, so much pressure, so much water inside of her struggling to move that the only way she knows how to feel is to hurt? how can Rose move on knowing Ivy can't move her fingers, her toes, or her eyelids?

much like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, by entering into the story after the event has occurred, we are immediately immersed into the emotional storms of the characters. McGhee does an incredible job connecting Rose's pain with us as the reader. we experience her grief from her perspective and the poetic and cyclical storytelling compliments her insights and connects it all home with the reader. frequently the narrative is brought back to the accident, jumps to the present, and slips to the back into childhood memories lyrically and flawlessly. the emphasis on the love between sisters and loving neighbors who invest in Rose wholeheartedly create a tight-knit cast of characters that weave seamlessly into the plot.

i was so impressed with this brief, yet incredibly powerful and insightful story of grief and hope. Rose struggles with her grief within the high school setting and on a personal level from cover to cover. this is the type of book where the lump in your throat begins on page one and doesn't leave. ever.

fave quote: "But I do. I do know. I Know all about noise and electricity, silent screams running up and down the waterways of my body. I know about walking, rhythm, the cadence of footsteps that tire my muscles and bring me peace, bring me peace, bring me peace." (57-58)

fix er up: i could have read this story forever. i was bummed it was short, but i also felt like it was perfect the length it was.

title: All Rivers Flow to the Sea
author: Alison McGhee
genre: Contemporary, Grief
publisher: Candlewick Press
Coiril
ALL RIVERS FLOW TO THE SEA

Being a fan of Ms. McGhee's, I am very slowly working my way through her writing only because I don't want to run out of her wonderful books. She is amazing!

This book is listed as a TEEN book. Adults, have at it. This is one heck of a good read.

Ms. McGhee hits home with her stunning story of young teenaged Rose trying to deal with an accident that leaves her sister, Ivy, in a coma and on a respirator.

Poor Rose -- dealing with the death of someone you love is hard enough and hurts so badly that I cannot imagine being part of the accident that leaves Ivy at death's door and Rose OK. Rose has a hard time dealing with this situation also and this book tells the story of her coping.

Rose cannot imagine life without her sister, Ivy. Ivy and Rose are two extremely close sisters. The sentence that keeps repeating throughout the book -- "IVY AND I HAD AN ACCIDENT. IT WAS DUSK IN THE ADIRONDACKS, AND WE WERE COMING AROUND A CURVE AND THE LIGHT BLUE TRUCK CAME SLIDING" -- that ONE sentence hits home each time you read it and each time it is like a blow to your mind and your gut.

Rose tries to cope with her sister's situation and in the best way she knows how. Rose visits Ivy each day and it hurts her that their mother will not set foot in the hospital. How Rose deals with her life -- a life that is a gift she cannot deal with -- why is she alive and her sister is in a coma? This young girl deals with many, many issues and you cannot help but admire her.

The characters ring true and life-like. Ms. McGhee sneaks in a few characters for a visit from her other novels. This is good, I really like this.

Rose makes it through each day, has a hard time coping with her mother's non-interest in Ivy, her mom's obsession with making paper cranes, dealing with the kids at school who don't understand how Rose is feeling and what she is going through emotionally. Through no fault of their own, her friends are treating Rose in a different way, and while they cannot see this, Rose certainly can and this makes her life even harder.

I LOVED this book. Having lost my dad 14 years ago, I could really feel Rose's pain and know how she was totally feeling. The phrase WE ALL WALK AROUND WITH A STONE IN OUR SHOE really is true. EVERYONE has pain and sorrow in their life, but living is what makes all that hurt worth the journey. Rose had to learn that it was OK that she was alive and living. She had to learn how to deal with the accident and what happened to her sister, Ivy.

And we all have to learn how to deal with stones in our shoes. READ THIS BOOK. I highly recommend it. It is filled with great characters, some sadness, but mostly it is filled with love.

Thank you!
Pam

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