What This River Keeps
tells a story that both dazzles and saddens the reader at times. The tale Greg Schwipps tells is of a rural, Southern Indiana town stuck between modernization and small-town living. The townspeople appear trapped in a time before widespread cell phones, computers and digital cameras, and for the older folks, that's just the way they want things to stay. The U.S. government, however, has different ideas. It has proposed a reservoir that will displace farmers across hundreds of acres of farmland. Although the novel starts slow, Schwipps quickly takes off with the story of Frank and Ethel, whose farm will be destroyed by the new reservoir, and their son, Ollie, who must come to grips with being 30-something-years-old while having the maturity of someone half his age or younger.