But Adah, ultimately, is what kept me reading; her steely determination to survive Kentucky, the Branches and even the murder rap descending over her. She’s steady, smart and worthwhile, which makes being in her head for the entirety of the novel a treat at its toughest points. One other character surfaces later in the novel to add interesting layers to the proceedings; Esther, an indomitable school board member and spinster who has a near-businesslike hope of marrying Jesse and finally establishing a household of her own. As for Adah’s romance with Jack, which is consummated through food metaphors, it’s charming and well, hungry, but very fraught. Ultimately The River Widow works as a character study, a story of strength and of determination, and survival from abuse. It’s a satisfying read that will haunt you, fill you with tension and leave you with hope.
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Grade: B+Check Review