- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 23mm | 340g
- Publication date: 3 May 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1439168334
- ISBN 13: 9781439168332
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 235,198
Cobb, a devoted teacher and nature-lover, takes a sabbatical from his New England boys prep school seeking to experience what Henry David Thoreau and the transcendentalists did in the early nineteenth century. Kayaking to the last known spot where the American writer and philosopher camped four years before he died, he encounters the beautiful free-spirited Mary. Also a teacher, avid bird-watcher, and deft adventurist, Mary is flirtatious and beguiling, and the two soon become inseparable. Mary is like no one Cobb has ever met before, but he gets the feeling that she is harboring a secret. Eventually she shares her fears with Cobb--that she may be carrying the gene for a devastating, incurable illness that runs in her family. Finding strength in their commitment to one another, the two embark on a journey that is filled with joy, anguish, hope, and most importantly, unending love. Set against the sweeping natural backdrops of Maine's rugged backcountry, the exotic islands of Indonesia, scenic Yellowstone National Park, and rural New England, "Tender River" is a timeless and poignant love story that will captivate readers everywhere.
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By ambika 01 Apr 2010
From the beginning we know how this is going to end but that only made me want to read the book even more. I really was shocked and surprised by the final events, but i suppose this is natural. Both Mary and Cobb are very interesing and strong characters and the outdoors descriptions are just splendid, it almost feels like you're in the middle of the landscapes.
I really liked the fact that the author added some animal stories and legends in the book. I like animals a lot and i really enjoyed them. They are brilliant and I really think they are very important for the story.
Overall its a very sad love story but Mary is a very strong woman and they way she assumes her condition is very impressive. I would recommend this book to everyone, but be prepared to cry and have tons of handkerchief within reach.
By Gaby @ Starting Fresh 26 Jan 2010
Eternal on the Water opens with a tragedy and then takes us to the start of a beautiful and unusual love story. From the start we know that this isn't the usual boy meets girl love story, but as we learn more about Mary and Cobb we appreciate just how different these lovers are.
Mary and Cobb take us with them as they explore unsullied nature and the power of solitude. Solitude, friendship, and the very best of companionship give the story special insight and power.
Review copy provided by the Barnes & Noble First Look Book Club.
"Love conquers all, the saying goes, but it can't win out over the disease that befalls Mary Fury, the seemingly unflappable heroine at the center of Monninger's poignant, if a bit overlong, novel. Fury has the gene for Huntington's, a cruel affliction that attacks the body slowly, reducing a once healthy person to a mass of twitching muscles and nerves. Jonathan Cobb, a University of New Hampshire professor on sabbatical, learns the grim reality of Mary's situation shortly after the two meet (and instantly fall in love) on the Allagash River. This is the land of Thoreau's Walden Pond, and Cobb had come there to experience firsthand the pleasures of a simple life illustrated by its celebrated author. When Mary begins showing signs of Huntington's, the two must cope with the inevitable, which includes honoring Mary's wishes to live out her days as she sees fit. Monninger ("Baby," 2007) is a gifted writer, and readers able to overlook a few maudlin moments will relish this eloquently rendered tale." "--Booklist"