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The rich history of river life in Kentucky permeates Janice Holt Giles’s novel Run Me a River. Set in 1861, at the beginning of Kentucky’s reluctant entry into the Civil War, the novel tells the story of a five-day adventure on the Green River. Aboard the Rambler, a ramshackle steamboat, Captain Bohannon Cartwright and his crew journey 184 miles and pick up two extra passengers along the way. The boatmen rescue “Sir Henry” Cole, a former Shakespearean actor, and his granddaughter Phoebe from their skiff when it overruns in a squall. As romance blossoms between Phoebe and Captain Bo, a conflict escalates between Confederate and Union forces fighting for control of the river.

Janice Holt Giles (1905-1979), author of nineteen books, lived and wrote near Knifley, Kentucky, for thirty-four years. Her biography is told in Janice Holt Giles: A Writer's Life.

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

9780813190709

eISBN

9780813157054

Keywords

Kentucky, Kentucky authors, Kentucky writers, Steamboats, Green River

Disciplines

Literature in English, North America

Notes

Foreword by Morris A. Grubbs.

Originally published by Houghton Mifflin, 1964.

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