River, Cross My Heart

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River, Cross My Heart
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Author Breena Clarke
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Little, Brown
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 251 pp
ISBN 0-316-14423-1
OCLC 40683410
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3553.L298 R58 1999

River, Cross My Heart is a debut novel by Breena Clarke. It was chosen in October 1999 as an Oprah Book Club selection: "This highly accomplished first novel resonates with ideas, impassioned lyricism, and poignant historical detail as it captures an essential part of the African-American experience in our century."[1]

Plot introduction[edit]

After the Potomac River claims the death by drowning of eight-year-old Clara Bynum, her family leave the rural world of North Carolina in search of a better life among friends and relatives in Georgetown, Washington, DC. They seek to come to terms with their loss.