The Riders

The Riders

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Fred Scully searches for his pregnant wife, who disappears without an explanation, leaving him with Billy, his seven-year-old daughter

Simon and Schuster
An exploration of marriage and the rich relationship that can exist between father and daughter, The Riders is a gorgeously wrought novel from the award-winning author Tim Winton.

After traveling through Europe for two years, Scully and his wife Jennifer wind up in Ireland, and on a mystical whim of Jennifer's, buy an old farmhouse which stands in the shadow of a castle. While Scully spends weeks alone renovating the old house, Jennifer returns to Australia to liquidate their assets. When Scully arrives at Shannon Airport to pick up Jennifer and their seven-year-old daughter, Billie, it is Billie who emerges—alone. There is no note, no explanation, not so much as a word from Jennifer, and the shock has left Billie speechless. In that instant, Scully's life falls to pieces.

The Riders is a superbly written and a darkly haunting story of a lovesick man in a vain search for a vanished woman. It is a powerfully accurate account of marriage today, of the demons that trouble relationships, of resurrection found in the will to keep going, in the refusal to hold on, to stand still. The Riders is also a moving story about the relationship between a loving man and his tough, bright daughter.

Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c1994
ISBN: 9780684822778
Characteristics: 377 p ; cm


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Jan 15, 2018

Actually this heartbreaking and maybe? triumphant story takes place in Greece, and Italy and France And Holland; though it starts in Ireland... The sense of not quite belonging, through erratic travel and desertion... love can be just beyond one's grasp or it can be right beside you. patiently waiting all along.

Aug 02, 2012

A good story about a family set in Western Ireland. The mother is missing; the child and father search for her. It is a tough and unflinching story.

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