'You can't stop days or rivers . . . '
Harriet's older sister is no longer a playmate, her brother is still a little boy. And the comforting rhythm of her Indian childhood - the noise from the jute works, the colourful festivals that accompany each season and the eternal ebb and flow of the river on its journey to the Bay of Bengal - is about to be shattered by a tragic event. Intense, vivid and with a dark undertow, The River is Rumer Godden's compelling portrait of three siblings on the cusp of adulthood.