He Named Me After the River

There are three things you need to know right off the bat.  Number one, I live in Seattle with my mom Siobhan during the school year; her real name is Susan, but she changed it when she was 18 to sound more “international,” which I guess tells all you need to know about her, too. Number two, every summer, I visit my Dad in Montana and we go rafting down the Madison River.  Number three, I’m not going to Montana this summer, because my dad is dead.

So begins the story of Sloane, a 14 year-old tomboy who, after her wilderness-loving father dies unexpectedly, agrees to go on her annual Madison River rafting trip with her Mom who she hasn’t been getting along with. They expect to take a leisurely three day float, spreading his ashes and trying to reconnect while adjusting to a new normal.  What they don’t expect is to crash, become stranded, and seriously injured.

They’re going to have to put aside their differences and work together if they hope to survive.

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