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The River Lock
One Boy’s Life along the Mohawk

Stephen Haven

Cloth $19.95    |    978-0-8156-0928-5    |    2008

"In Ulysses, Joyce explodes a single ordinary day into a life’s journey...Haven pulls off a variation of that trick..."
Syracuse New times

"...a universal story, one to stand alongside such memoirs as Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club or Wolff’s This Boy’s Life..."
—Michael Pearson, author of Dreaming of Columbus: A Boyhood in the Bronx

"...a story of love lost and regained, and a testament to the stories that shape us."
—Kim Barnes, Pulitzer Prize finalist, author of In the Wilderness

Pulled between the disparate spheres of home life with a minister father he loves and respects, and the world of sex, drugs, and violence of his closest boyhood friends, author Stephen Haven relates his journey of self-discovery in this poignant memoir. After a fourteen-year absence from his home in Amsterdam, New York, Haven returns in the week before Easter, 2003, to the town that molded his character.

A true bildungsroman, The River Lock traces the forging of Haven’s identity from the clash of his youthful home life and the streets of his native mill town. Through memories of adolescence, Haven reveals how a growing understanding of art, culture, friendship, spirituality, family, and class melded to create a man able to live fully in two distinct worlds.

Stephen Haven is director of the M.F.A program in creative writing at Ashland University, and director of the Ashland Poetry Press.

6 x 9, 176 pages, 3 illustrations

The River Lock

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