Go as a River

Go as a River

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 13/04/2023
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Go as a River
An emotional journey
Wow! Read's debut novel will have you on an emotional journey navigating grief, loss, strength and resolve. I adored this book, and I'm sure the ch... READ MORE
Hannah Torres
Go as a River
Already one of my favourite books of 2023!
I've finished this book a few days ago and still feel very connected to the story, the characters and the landscape it's set in. The book follows Victoria ... READ MORE
Alice at Head Office
Go as a River
Heartbreaking and beautiful
A dreamily written and lyrical coming of age story set in the Southern states of America, beginning in the wake of the Second World War as Wilson Moon, a y... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Go as a River
A Heartbreaking Journey
Torie Nash has grown up on her family peach farm in the far reaches of Colorado. Tragedy has touched her family at every turn and by the time the Second Wo... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Go as a River
A sumptuous and beautiful read
Go As a River is about a chance encounter between a young girl of seventeen and a boy named Wil and what happens after. This is a book that I have been ... READ MORE
Go as a River
Beautiful emotional debut novel
A beautiful story about Victoria Nash as she faces the trials of being the only young girl in her family after the loss of her mother years before. We s... READ MORE
Eleanor  Raper


On a cool autumn day in 1948, Victoria Nash delivers late-season peaches from her family's farm set amid the wild beauty of Colorado, then heads into the village. As she nears an intersection, a dishevelled stranger stops to ask her the way. How she chooses to answer will unknowingly alter the course of both their young lives. So begins the mesmerising story of split-second choices and courageous acts that propel Victoria away from the only home she has ever known and towards a reckoning with loss, hope and her own untapped strength. Gathering all the pieces of her small and extraordinary existence, spinning through the eddies of desire, heartbreak and betrayal, she will arrive at a single rocky decision that will change her life for ever. Go as a River is a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettable characters and a breathtaking natural setting, it is a sweeping story of survival and becoming, of the deepest mysteries of love, truth and fate.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857529404
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 420g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 30 mm

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Go as a River
beautifully written emotional story
Go as a River by Shelley Read is a beautifully written, poignant story about one woman’s journey after a fateful choice that changed her life forever. St... READ MORE
Wendy Williams
Go as a River
One in a Blue Moon
Every once in a blue moon a book comes along that you just have to sit with awhile after you finish to let it really sink in, absorb it all. This was one o... READ MORE
Go as a River
Beautiful on so many Levels...Simply Loved!
Every once in a blue moon a book comes along that you just have to sit with awhile after you finish to let it really sink in, absorb it all. This was one o... READ MORE
Go as a River
A poignantly heartbreaking novel
I can’t put into words how stunning this book is!!! You can picture the mountains, taste the peaches and feel the attraction between Victoria and Wilso... READ MORE
Sarah -Bookworm Extraordinaire
Go as a River
Go As A River
A lovely book, it is quite a tragic story in many ways. The story starts in the 1940’s, follows the Vietnam War and continues part way through Victoria’s ... READ MORE
Monica Hanna
Go as a River
A future American classic!
“The unforeseen ripple effects of an honest act do not make the choice less truthful.” When 17 year old Victoria crosses paths with a mysterious strange... READ MORE
Susie’s Book Reviews
Go as a River
A stunning coming of age story
A stranger comes to a small town and sets a young woman's life on a new trajectory in this short novel. A native of Colorado herself, Read sets her debu... READ MORE
Georgina (ReadsEatsExplores)
Go as a River
Incredibly powerful, emotional debut. Simply stunning
An absolutely spectacular debut from Shelley Read! This is one of those books that simply sweeps you along and you can’t put it down: such is the incredibl... READ MORE
Mrs G Librarian
Go as a River
I was sent a copy of Go as a River by Shelley Read to read and review by NetGalley. What an absolutely wonderful book this is! It is so beautifully writt... READ MORE
Go as a River
Absolutely Loved It!
Thank you to the publishers for an early review copy. I devoured this - it is superb! Fabulous writing, great storyline, totally captures your heart. You w... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp