The Lower Canyons by John Manuel
"John Manuel's The Lower Canyons has all the excitement of Deliverance with twice the heart."
—Kyle McCord, Magpies in the Valley of the Oleanders
"Manuel has a gift for describing flora and fauna—from a lifetime of experience in the wilder regions of the country. I could almost hear the approaching rapids, feel the desert heat, the crunch of river rock under my feet. A central message is that everyone has a hidden shame, some past event that is 'the biggest mistake you've ever made in your life.' I highly recommend this gripping novel."
—Anna Jean Mayhew, The Dry Grass of August
In this novel, a river guide, a newly-divorced mother, a Honduran refugee, and a ranch hand each set out to refashion their lives after a serious setback. They all converge on the Rio Grande in the Big Bend of Texas, where the perils of nature combine with conflicts among fellow travelers to present a towering wall of challenges.
John Manuel is a Durham-based writer of fiction and nonfiction. His books include The Natural Traveler Along North Carolina's Coast (Blair), The Canoeist: A Memoir (Red Lodge Press), Hope Valley (Red Lodge Press), and The Lower Canyons (Atmosphere Press). He is a frequent contributor to Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.