Leaving Blythe River by NYT Bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde + Giveaways

Title:  Leaving Blythe River
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  May 2, 2016
Genre: Literary Fiction / Young Adult

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it’s up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he’s his father’s only hope.

With the help of three locals—a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills—he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan’s world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he’s been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature—the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father—if he finds him alive.

Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde is potent to say the least. It embodies every aspect that makes a literary fiction great. It packs in so much of life's wisdom and emotions from a simple and thoughtful experience. An experience, our protagonist, 17 year old Ethan encounters for this particular moment in his life.  And quite the adventure it was.  It's one of those that can alter someone, and Leaving Blythe River is about that experience.  From grizzly bear encounters to hanging over a cliff and finding the truth of who you are, it goes from simple to complicated and back to simple again. The truth is simple, because honesty will always make it what it is, but it's how you take it. Courage to find, to accept and to move beyond, that makes for one emotional ride.

Catherine Ryan Hyde so adeptly brought me into every scene, allowing me to see with my mind everything Ethan sees, and feel his emotions, from hurt to frustration to total exhaustion. When the lightbulb lit, it was like I felt it too. I was thoroughly impressed by Leaving Blythe River, with the story, the meaning, the characters, especially Jone and the beautiful cover. When I looked up Catherine's bio, I didn't realize she was the NYT Bestselling author of Pay It Forward. I loved that movie, and I'm ashamed to say I didn't realize it was from a book, or I've just forgotten. That being the case, I know what will be in my next stash of library books to borrow.  And, with that said, I'm not surprise by the level of depth in Leaving Blythe River. 

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NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through TLC Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty published and forthcoming books. Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.

Ryan Hyde is also founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

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  1. I love that this author was able to create a character and write so well that you felt the emotions as the character did and expereinced events as if you were there. Love this powerful writing.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  3. What an interesting plot! Ethan's coming of age story takes some intriguing twists.

  4. I have this book on my Amazon Wish List along with a few other of Catherine's books that I haven't read. Blythe River sounds especially poignant.

  5. Would love to read this book and pass it along to the library.
    Janet E.

  6. I didn't realize she was the author behind Pay It Forward - what a powerful story that was. And this one sounds just as good!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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