True North

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Ecco Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew J. Graff is the author of novel Raft of Stars. His fiction and essays have appeared in Image and Dappled Things. Andrew grew up fishing, hiking, and hunting in Wisconsin's Northwoods. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Ohio and teaches at Wittenberg University.


"True North is an engaging, character-driven portrait of a marriage under pressure from financial deception and conflicting desires. Graff writes about the outdoors, particularly rivers and river rafting, with an immersive blend of knowledge and passion." -- Charles Frazier, author of The Trackers and Cold Mountain

"If you've ever loved a special place in the woods, True North will flood you with all the feels. Andrew Graff's clear-eyed, sensitive examination of marriage, family, and community weaves through a delightful story of whitewater adventure and small-town tension that's impossible to put down. I loved it!" -- Shelby Van Pelt, author of Remarkably Bright Creatures

"I adored Andrew J. Graff's Raft of Stars, and his second novel does not disappoint. I couldn't help but root for Sam and Swami and their family, as well as everyone else in their ragtag crew of river rafters. True North rolls seamlessly from humor to despair, from beauty to destruction--but in the end is a gorgeous story of family, community, and grace. I absolutely loved it." -- Kimi Cunningham Grant, USA Today bestselling author of These Silent Woods

"With this exciting and intelligent family drama, Graff returns to the Wisconsin Northwoods terrain of Raft of Stars. . . .Graff expertly balances his character-driven domestic fiction with an exciting adventure story. Readers will enjoy the ride." -- Publishers Weekly

"Graff charts the path of a marriage in crisis, with small slights and missteps threatening to send either party overboard. Sam and Swami echo the stubborn, resilient couples found in works by Matthew Norman, Sarah Dunn, and Meg Wolitzer, and True North will appeal to anyone who can relate to giving everything you've got to one last plan." -- Booklist (starred)

"Need to lift your spirits? True North does the trick . . . . Warmhearted . . . If you're looking for a story that lets grace finally wash over its characters, come on down. The water's great. Which is where True North really sparkles . . . . The most terrific passages of True North send us shooting through rapids in prose that feels both precise and chaotic. Don't be surprised if waves crash over the margins of these pages." -- Ron Charles, Washington Post