Before, they were always together. Now Luke visits Tressa only at night, and when he’s with her, it’s almost like the accident never happened. Oh, there are reminders, from the way she can’t quite feel his fingers even as they graze her face, to how she can’t seem to tell him about life since he’s been gone. As long as they’re together, though, it’s like he never died, and the rest…it fades away.
But during the day it is Tressa who can’t grasp hold of the people around her, the same people who never wanted her and Luke together in the first place and are determined that she should move on. They don’t know about his visits, so they don’t understand — one misstep, one inch forward, could leave him behind forever.
Praise for Meet Me at the River
“One of this riveting novel’s most astonishing qualities is that it features a spectral character but avoids the clichés of many modern paranormal romances; it is instead a largely realistic tale of grief and healing… The novel should come with a disclaimer that readers who are shy about public sobbing should avoid cracking this one open on public transportation, in waiting rooms or during classroom silent sustained reading times. A must-read.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred
“De Gramont beautifully straddles fantasy and reality while delving into the dark (and sometimes dazzling) emotions surrounding love and loss.” –Booklist
“With an authentic voice and the proper balance between sorrow and hope, Gramont effectively explores issues of suicide, death, and the problems created in their wake…This sensitive portrayal does not end with all the problems solved, but it does leave hope for a better future.” –School Library Journal
“Echoes of Wuthering Heights infuse this tale (Tressa’s grandparents are even named Earnshaw), which is richly steeped in a Colorado landscape as wild and enticing as Catherine and Heathcliff’s moors…readers will find emotional and psychological truth in Tressa’s struggle to let go without forgetting.” –The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books