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Reviews for Down in the River: Fiction Writers Review, Paste, The Rumpus, Largehearted Boy, and City Paper


Selected Reviews, etc., of Ryan Blacketter's novel Down in the River:


Paste Magazine's interview with Ryan Blacketter: "The human story is a fairly dark one with painful and dangerous impulses that we all have. And that's coupled with a fortress-like psychology that most people have, protecting them from the awareness of the fact that they are part of this human experience." Paste Magazine



Fiction Writers Review: "What makes this novel so warm and heartbreaking despite its gruesome material is that all the characters are driven by their love and concern for each other." Click here to read the entire review: Fiction Writers Review


The Rumpus: "[Down in the River] casts us deep into a haunting, crystalline forest of ice-lit trees, broken streetlamps . . . a place where a kind of inner wilderness has crept back through the city, where the lights of passing trains, the reflections of windows and the 'cry of night birds' appear intermittently like forms of meaningless chaos or secret signs." The Rumpus

Largehearted Boy is one of America's finest sites for contemporary music and literature. Presented here is the narrated playlist Ryan made to go along with Down in the River. Ryan's LHB Book Notes Playlist 

Check out Pittsburgh's City Paper arts feature on Ryan: "Blacketter and his wife and son recently moved to Pittsburgh. He is the author of the critically well-received 2014 novel Down in the River." City Paper Arts Feature





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