Once Upon A River

Once Upon A River

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Author: Bonnie Jo Campbell

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc (July 5, 2011)

Setting: The story is set mostly along the Stark River in rural Michigan.

Main Characters: Margo, Grandpa Murray, Luanne (Margo’s mother), Crane (Margo’s father), Cal (Margo’s uncle), Brian, Michael, an Indian man (no name given), Smoky and Fishbone

Summary: At sixteen, Margo has suffered the unthinkable. Her grandfather, whom she adored dearly, died, her mother left, and her father died from a gunshot by her cousin. Also raped by her Uncle Cal at a tender age, she decides to leave home to search for love and carve her own destiny but along the way, she encounters many obstacles and gets involved with several men, one of whom raped her when she was alone and helpless. On the day her dad died, she took revenge on Uncle Cal by shooting him in the crotch from a higher vantage point in the tree. Unfortunately, at that moment, her dad appeared and so did Billy, Cal’s son. Thinking that Crane shot his father, Billy fired at Crane. Even though Cal knew what Margo had done, he didn’t report her; just as how she kept silent after he had raped her.

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