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

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  Winner: Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

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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 . . .

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

Winner: GLCA New Writers Award
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It is far and away the best work of fiction ever written about Haiti, 
during this period, by a non-Haitian.

                       Madison Smartt Bell
Winner: Gival Press Novel Award

How much would you give for literary   
 immortality. . .?

Named One of the Best Books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews
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