The River is Home

“A charming excursion into a lost world.” —New York Times Book Review

“I unreservedly recommend this novel. It is simply and powerfully written, with plenty of local color. The River is Home stands out in the reader’s mind as a work of art.” –New Orleans Times-Picayune

The River is Home

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In 1950, Patrick Smith was a 23-year old who had grown up in a small Mississippi town during the Depression. Having been an avid reader from his early days and a writer whose local paper published his poems and sports columns, he finished writing a novel, but shelved it for two years, possibly apprehensive about it rejection and unsure of just how to get a book published. He finally showed it to one of his English professors at the University of Mississippi and received enough encouragement that – with some confidence – he sent it to Little, Brown and Company in Boston without an agent and without any fanfare. Probably to his amazement, they published it. Such is the printing history of Smith’s popular novel, The River is Home. He wrote this novel in 10 days.
River Is Home

The story of The River is Home revolves around a Mississippi family’s struggle to cope with changes in their rural environment. It is the story of Skeeter, a young boy growing up in a family poor in material goods but rich in spiritual values, a family that lived in harmony with their surroundings.

Those surroundings consisted of swamps, woodlands and the ever-present river that connected them to civilization, provided them with an abundant food supply, and challenged them with periodic floods. How each member of the boy’s family did or did not adapt to the demands of the river is a study in contrasts.

The setting of the swamp, full of mosquitoes and gators would turn up again in Smith’s later Florida books, especially Forever Island and Allapattah.

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We took Patrick Smith’s description of the Corey family, hired a voice actor to read it, and created this video.


In the video below we took an example of the language Patrick Smith gave his characters to demonstrate his use of dialog to establish a character.

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