The Lower River

By Dawn Raffel, Reader's Digest Editor at Large, Books

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Every sentence has you on the edge of your seat in this story of a divorced American man’s move to Malawi. Theroux’s emotional acuity is as intense as the setting.

From the book: “The snake did not move — that is, it remained coiled. But then its pear-shaped head tilted, it’s yellow eyes flickered and widened, and it seemed almost imperceptibly to swell…as though it was visibly thinking.”