Rivers Flow by Jim H. Ainsworth

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    Refreshing change from formula fiction.

    FLOW IS THE DIFFERENCE between the way things are and the way they ought to be.” Jake did not understand the meaning of his grandfather’s words. It was easier to believe that the flow was not real.

    The Rivers have a name for the mysterious presence that continually saves them from ruin. They call it the flow. Ten-year-old Jake Rivers is the only family member who has not experienced it, and fears he never will. On a dusty baseball diamond in the middle of a drought, the flow visits Jake, sending him on a quest to understand more than a young boy can.

    As Jake searches, a succession of events pushes the family into a downward spiral of economic and emotional disaster. Jake fears that the flow may have turned against his family. An evangelical preacher, a woman who has lost an infant child, and a young boy who loves baseball but can’t play the game help Jake to find the secret of the flow.

    About Jim H. Ainsworth:

    JimAinsworthOct2011In 1998, Jim sold all his business interests and made a journey across Texas by covered wagon and horseback to retrace an ancestral journey. He chronicled the trip in a memoir, Biscuits Across the Brazos.

    He traveled the team roping circuit as an amateur and worked roundups on big ranches. In the Rivers Flow, his first novel, was published in 2003. Rivers Crossing followed in 2005. Rivers Ebb, the third novel in his Follow the Rivers trilogy, was a Writers League of Texas contest finalist as a manuscript.

    It also was selected as a finalist for the national Violet Crown award for best mainstream novel of 2008, and a finalist in the mainstream/literary fiction category for Writers Digest international book contest. The novel was featured in the magazine in Spring 2008.


    Jim Ainsworth cuts the Rivers men–Jake, Gray Boy, and Rance–from traditional American cloth–a little Huck Finn, a little Nick Adams, a little Holden Caulfield. . . a little John Wayne, a little Marlon Brando, a little James Dean.– Charles Bailey, Texas State University English Professor and contributor and speaker for the Southwest Regional Humanities Center, expert of Cormac McCarthy’s work.