RIVERS' FLOW by Jim Ainsworth
July 9, 2012
Set in rural East Texas in the early 1950s, RIVERS’ FLOW is a coming of age story about a farm boy named Jake Rivers. In it, Jim Ainsworth delivers a quiet and dignified tribute to a hard scrabble world, a world simple in contour but complex in meaning, a world that despite itself has just a sparkle of mystery.
In its elegance and fine-tuned cadences, Ainsworth’s prose is reminiscent of Kent Haruf’s novel of the American West, PLAINSONG.
RIVERS’ FLOW is a tale of ordinary lives encompassed, but not defined, by drought, sickness and death. But it is not a tale of despair. People laugh and cry and pray. Kids play baseball and eat Coke floats and Frito pies. Evangelists call for sinners to get right with God. Life goes on, flawed yet marvelous.
Aside from its literary beauty, Ainsworth’s novel is also a fine piece of historical fiction. The author deftly paints scenes with attention to detail and reference to events of the period, and carries the reader back to the special time and place where the story resides.
I became aware of Jim Ainsworth as a writer a few years ago when I attended the annual Writers Roundup sponsored by the Northeast Texas Writers Organization (NETWO). I heard many people at the conference say what a fine writer he was. Despite this, I delayed reading Jim’s work until I downloaded RIVERS’ FLOW. I am sorry I waited so long to come to his fine writing.
I highly recommend RIVERS’ FLOW. Click here to purchase it now from the Kindle Store.