"Set in a Georgetown hospital, Across the River gets right to the heart. Orem has a keen sense of detail and a rare combination of empathy and equanimity with regard to his characters. The result is an honest and powerful work."  

   Ronald Spatz, Editor, Alaska Quarterly Review
On the eve of the revolution, American photojournalist Thomas LeFay is in Haiti. With the society in upheaval and voudoun spirits battling Catholic ideology, he must find the medical missionary he loves, or lose his own soul.

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A suicide who has time to regret his act . . . the psychology of brain surgeons . . . a college student's first encounter with blood . . .
"Wondrous stories . . . finely wrought . . . masterful use of language . . . Orem's evocative volume mesmerizes readers with a view of a world on the edge of revolt. Highly recommended."                                                                                                                                                                                                                   --Choice
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1699. The seas of the Caribbean are haunted by piracy. The land is a contest ground between empires. 

And a British boy shipwrecked on the Florida Keys must survive among the Shell People, who tell him
he has been singled out for a mission by the Panther God.
  
 
-- Celebrated novelist Madison Smartt Bell reviews             William Orem's first three novels on Salon.com
-- William Orem writes a guest blog on Killer of Crying Deer 
     for Psychology Today
"It is far and away the best work of fiction ever written about Haiti, during this period, by a non-Haitian."

                        Madison Smartt Bell
When a book reinvents its genre like this, it is sure to merit close attention.         

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Reader Beware: Killer of Crying Deer is not a beach read. It is a serious novel, maybe even an important one, in the tradition of Moby DickHeart of Darkness, and The Red Badge of Courage.                             

                              Donna Meredith,                                                     Reviewer's Bookwatch
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William Orem discusses Across the River, 
Killer of Crying Deer, and fiction writing in general with Texas Review Press here (transcript)
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