Main Characters God - Although he never actually speaks to anyone of Jeremiah, his presence is a constant as He gives Jeremiah the ability to do miracles and is always with them. He is the one all but Davy turns to when they are most in need.
Jeremiah's wife left him and her children, so the family has been without an adult female presence for some time. When Davy gets in trouble and escapes from jail, the remaining Lands see it as their duty to go find him.
It is an exhausting journey, filled both with miracles and misery. When Jeremiah finally pulls their Airstream up to the only open gas station in the unfamiliar area, he has no idea what else he is about to find. Her name is Roxanna Cawley, a woman of the earth who greets them with a goat in her arms.
She graciously allows the family to stay with her, and it is not long before Jeremiah begins to court her. She is not just a mother to Reuben and Swede but also serves as a mother figure to the fugitive Davy and an equally fugitive girl with little connection to the family.
Reuben and Swede, particularly Reuben, are a bit distrustful of Roxanna at first, but Roxanna is a quiet, steady presence in their lives and soon they are won over. On the first night they meet, she helps Jeremiah get Reuben through an asthma attack, and it seems as if she is part of their family from that moment on, despite the children's misgivings.
The authorities eventually descend on Roxana's home because of the Lands, of course ; and "from the first, Roxanna offered them fragrant breads or pastries and otherwise kept her silence. When she leaves everything behind to leave with her new family, Reuben is impressed by how easily Roxanna makes the transition from her old life to her new one.
It then occurred to me that this leaving--which to me ached with failure and despair--was for her the commencement of a gallant endeavor. Who isn't scared by as whole a redirection as that on which she now embarked?
Adhering to us must've seemed a risk demanding the deepest reserves of joy and strength Glad though I was to have her along, it would be years before my gratitude approached anything like proportion. Roxanna is a woman who has been hurt but still knows how to love, and that makes her a perfect match for the Land family.
When Jeremiah is gone not very much later, Roxanna is deeply entrenched in the family and is able to be the connection the children need to each other and to their father.Leif Enger's novel, Peace Like a River, is generating enough pre-publication buzz that it is already being compared to Charles Frazier's surprise National Book Award winner, Cold Mountain.
That's not a bad comparison. Both novels seem to have come out of nowhere and arrived fully formed, alive. Synopsis. Hailed as one of the year's top five novels by Time, and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller Peace Like a River captured the hearts of a nation in need of comfort.
Reuben sees Davy as someone who protected the family because of what happened to Davy's girlfriend Dolly and Their sister Swede when Basca and Finch took her, he believed that Davy was just protecting the ones he loved. Peace Like a River Timeline created by doodoood.
Jan 1, Clay Davy comes by with Sara saying to take care of her and that he ran away from Jape. Jape then comes by and shoots Jerimiah and Rueben. Jerimiah gets swept up in a river and tells Rueben to take care of Swede. Leif Enger's debut, Peace Like a River, is one such work. His richly evocative novel, narrated by an asthmatic year-old named Reuben Land, is the story of Reuben's unusual family and their journey across the frozen Badlands of the Dakotas in search of his fugitive older bro.
Reuben Land – Reuben is both narrator and main character of the story. He is eleven years old when the main events begin, although he gives us insight into events .