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In the Heart of the Canyon It's an old literary trick: Take a handful of disparate characters and drop them in a remote place — the more godforsaken the better — then...In the Heart of the CanyonFiction It's an old literary trick: Take a handful of disparate characters and drop them in a remote place — the more godforsaken the better — then...2009-07-10Knopf
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In the Heart of the Canyon

Genre: Fiction; Author: Elisabeth Hyde; Publisher: Knopf

It’s an old literary trick: Take a handful of disparate characters and drop them in a remote place — the more godforsaken the better — then add plenty of conflict. Occasionally the technique works (Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None); more often, it doesn’t. Happily, Hyde’s fifth novel, set on a bumpy rafting trip down the Colorado, falls into the latter category. Somewhat familiar characters include the laconic river guide; the shy fat girl and her overbearing mom; the quarreling married couple; the querulous old folks; even the bedraggled, lovable mutt. But there’s nothing predictable about either Hyde’s plot or her searing conclusion. B+