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Ricochet River [Paperback]

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Richochet River is set in a fictional Oregon town in the late 1960s. This completely revised edition is a coming-of-age story about teenagers preparing to break out of their small-town lives: Wade, the local sports hero; Jesse, his friend - the Indian kid and mythical athlete who applies his own rules to sports and life; and Lorna, Wade's sweetheart, who knows there's no hope in Calamus for a bright, independent girl. The river rushes past the town, linking the three friends with their pasts, their plans, and the world beyond.

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Pages   264
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   Ooligan Press
ISBN  1932010041  
ISBN13  9781932010046  

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More About Robin Cody

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robin Cody is a freelance writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He is a winner of the Western Writers of America Silver Spur Award for short nonfiction. In 1995, he won the Oregon Book Award for Voyage of a Summer Sun, an account of his canoe trip from the headwaters of the Columbia to its mouth at the Pacific. In 2005, Ricochet River was selected as one of top 100 literary works produced in Oregon in the last two hundred years. Mr. Cody lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Donna.

Robin Cody was born in 1943.

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The flavor of a small NW town  Sep 27, 2007
Having myself grown up in a small Oregon town in the 1960's, I can assure you that Robin Cody has accurately captured this experience for others to share. He has woven a rich tapestry, taking you into a one-industry community, where local high school sports heroes reign supreme and small town mentality clashes with any thing, person or idea that--simply by being different--challenges the cherished status quo. Where bright young people who dream of a life beyond the city limits despair of ever escaping.

Robin Cody's profound understanding and respectful rendering of all cultures represented--small town; timber industry working class; teenagers and Native Americans--makes him my Tony Hillerman of the Northwest.
Katherine Lawrence
Get the original!  Sep 17, 2007
Robin Cody, Ricochet River (Knopf, 1992)

So there was a big flap a couple of years ago about the new edition of Ricochet River, which got edited (in Cody's words, "I toned down one passage and cut another...") before being reprinted. So I figured I'd get my hands on it and see what all the fuss was about. First and foremost: I entirely disagree with the assertion (in the same interview from which I took the last quote-- Rachel Simon's January 26, 2005 piece in the Oregon City News) that "...sexuality is peripheral to the actual story, Cody said...". It's a coming-of-age story. Sexuality is central to it. Looking beyond the coming-of-age motif, however, sex stands at the heart of this tale of three friends on the cusp of college-- Wade, the high school sports star; Lorna, his girlfriend; and Jesse, the new kid, who's better at sports than Wade, but has a lot to learn, and a lot to teach, about life. As the book opens, Wade and Lorna are at the start of a rough patch that lasts off and on throughout the novel, and Jesse, seeing a woman in possible distress, moves on in, which colors the relationship between the three of them. How can sex be peripheral?

That's not to say that sex is the only thing explored in this novel. There's a great deal about salmon, as well (though the salmon and the sex do tie into one another intermittently), and family ties, existential teen angst, friendship, individuality, the raw deal given the Native Americans, and a whole lot of other stuff. But Wade, Lorna, and Jesse are the focus of the story, and taking away from that, however little, undercuts it. This is a good, solid novel, and it deserves to be read in its original form. ***
Great for teens--or adults!  Jul 14, 2006
I am an avid reader, but tend to gravitate towards more "feminine" books in general. However, Ricochet River was a hit with me from the start. I really enjoyed the masculine, teenage point-of-view, despite my being an adult female. It was believable, funny, and good for any age. This new version has been slightly toned down to make it more appropriate for younger readers, while retaining its draw for older ones.
New Edition Worth Waiting For  May 31, 2005
Robin Cody's award-winning RICOCHET RIVER is available in a new and improved 2005 edition. The author chose to revise his manuscript for high-school audiences, with the help of the editing students at Portland State University's student-run Ooligan Press. Re-reading his work after fourteen years, he found he could make distinct improvements. His legendary coming-of-age story, originally published as an adult novel by Knopf, is now stronger and more vivid than ever. Every parent of a high-school student should find it wonderfully appropriate reading. Anyone of any age who lives in the Pacific Northwest will benefit from reading this book. Place is a major character, and the story is tremendously enriching. I wish I'd read it when I moved to Oregon thirty-five years ago, and I've hastened to order copies for my born-in-Oregon children.
Ricochet River  Apr 25, 2005
By Forrest Joe Hess

I'm writing a paper on the story Ricochet River. And I'm trying to determine to see who is the main character of the story and in my opinion I think Jesse is the main character,
Because he's always in the story and he's always doing sports better than every one. Like baseball, "He switched his glove to his other hand. Than he wound up with a mirror image of that hose we'd all seen and whipped another bullet. Right-handed! I was stunned. The pitch was a perfect strike." Or like football, "Jesse was open all night. The first three times we got the ball, he scored twice on an end around."

Jesse loves to tell stories about a guy named coyote. Coyote and Jesse have a lot in common. There both rebellion and athletic. These are the stories Jesse loves to tell, he will even tell them in class. "Huckleberry told Coyote to tie a thong to the spear, so he could haul Wishroosh in. Ho, said Coyote. That's what I was going to do. That was my idea all the time."

Jesse is always getting into trouble, its ether stealing from a store of getting into fights or even shooting pet animals. "The point, and it just made me sick, was we had just stalked and killed a farm-fat defenseless cripple."


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