The River Wife

Author(s): Heather Rose


The River Wife is a simple and subtle fable of love. It tells the story of the river wife - part human, part fish - whose duty is to tend the river, but instead falls in love with a man. Tender and melancholy, it speaks of desire and love, mothers and daughters, kinship and care, duty and sacrifice, water and wisdom. There is a great sternness and sadness here, coupled with gentleness. A love story, an environmental fable, a retelling of the Orpheus myth, The River Wife is grave, tender and otherworldly.


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Heather Rose is also the author of two novels, White Heart and The Butterfly Man. The latter, which tells the story of the disappearance of Lord Lucan in 1974, was longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Awards, shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award in 2006 and won the 2006 Davitt Award for the Crime Fiction Novel of the Year.

General Fields

  • : 9781741757422
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : July 2009
  • : Australia
  • : January 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Heather Rose
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 823.3
  • : 208