By Tina Jordan
Updated July 10, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
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In the Heart of the Canyon

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  • Book
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It’s an old literary trick: Take a handful of disparate characters and drop them in a remote place — the more godforsaken the better — then add plenty of conflict. Occasionally the technique works (Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None); more often, it doesn’t. Happily, Hyde’s fifth novel, set on a bumpy rafting trip down the Colorado, falls into the latter category. Somewhat familiar characters include the laconic river guide; the shy fat girl and her overbearing mom; the quarreling married couple; the querulous old folks; even the bedraggled, lovable mutt. But there’s nothing predictable about either Hyde’s plot or her searing conclusion. B+

In the Heart of the Canyon

type
  • Book
genre
author
  • Elisabeth Hyde
publisher
  • Knopf

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