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Jacob Jump, the dark and meticulously crafted first novel from Eric Morris, follows a weeklong ill-fated boating trip down the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia, to the lighthouse at Tybee Island. Chance and danger trump planning and intention at every turn, and the pull of the historic river and of fate itself propels Morris’s characters with unrelenting force. Old friends Thomas Verdery and William Rhind, each seeking temporary escape from the failures of their lives, take to the river with Rhind’s father. Verdery, a native southerner, has left his job and lover in Nepaug, Connecticut, while Rhind has lost his wife and child to his drinking. Encounters with dangerous weather and unhinged locals imperil the trio, who are held at gunpoint when they try to dock and soon are fighting among themselves. The hazards of the trip and a shocking loss along the way exacerbate William Rhind’s drinking and tendencies toward violence. When Verdery and Rhind must become reluctant custodians to young Caron Lee, a lost girl from the backwoods family that had previously accosted them, tensions build toward explosive ends as the serene open waters of the Atlantic Ocean wait just beyond reach on the unknown, unknowable horizon. Guided by a host of influences from William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway to Cormac McCarthy, James Dickey, and Ron Rash, Morris’s prose brings readers deep into the uncertainties of a still-wild southern landscape and of the frailties of the human heart yearning for past and future alike while pulled along by the inescapable current of the present. Best-selling writer and Story River Books editor at large Pat Conroy provides a foreword to the novel.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Chapter 1
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter 2
  2. pp. 5-16
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  1. Chapter 3
  2. pp. 16-20
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  1. Chapter 4
  2. pp. 20-25
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  1. Chapter 5
  2. pp. 25-30
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  1. Chapter 6
  2. pp. 30-34
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  1. Chapter 7
  2. pp. 34-37
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  1. Chapter 8
  2. pp. 37-39
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  1. Chapter 9
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. Chapter 10
  2. pp. 42-46
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  1. Chapter 11
  2. pp. 46-49
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  1. Chapter 12
  2. pp. 49-52
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  1. Chapter 13
  2. pp. 52-61
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  1. Chapter 14
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. Chapter 15
  2. pp. 68-79
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  1. Chapter 16
  2. pp. 79-100
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  1. Chapter 17
  2. pp. 101-111
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  1. Chapter 18
  2. pp. 111-115
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  1. Chapter 19
  2. pp. 115-129
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  1. Chapter 20
  2. pp. 129-141
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  1. Chapter 21
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. Chapter 22
  2. pp. 148-153
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  1. Chapter 23
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. Chapter 24
  2. pp. 156-160
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  1. Chapter 25
  2. pp. 161-169
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  1. Chapter 26
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. Chapter 27
  2. pp. 174-182
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  1. Chapter 28
  2. pp. 183-189
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  1. Chapter 29
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Chapter 30
  2. pp. 192-195
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  1. Chapter 31
  2. pp. 196-200
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  1. Chapter 32
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611175448
Print ISBN
9781611175431
MARC Record
OCLC
913914968
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-18
Language
English
Open Access
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