Stony River, New Jersey, 1955. On a sweltering June afternoon, Linda Wise and Tereza Dobra witness a disturbing scene. A pale, pretty girl who looks about their age is taken from Crazy Haggerty’s house by two uniformed policemen. Everyone in Stony River thought Crazy Haggerty lived alone. The pale, pretty girl is about to enter an alien world—and as Linda and Tereza try to make sense of what they’ve seen, they’re unaware their own lives will soon be shattered as well.
Set in a decade we tend to think of as a more innocent time, Stony River shows in dramatic and unexpected ways how perilous it was to come of age in the fifties.
Tricia Dower was born in Rahway, New Jersey, and educated at Gettysburg College. She moved to Canada in 1981. Her short fiction has appeared in Room of One’s Own, The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, Hemispheres, Cicada, Big Muddy, and NEO, as well as in her collection Silent Girl. She lives in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. Stony River is her debut novel.
“Nothing is what it seems in Stony River and Dower’s novel keeps you turning pages until the end.” - Goodreads User Quote