Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood

Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood

Jame Richards / Dec 12, 2019

Three Rivers Rising A Novel of the Johnstown Flood Sixteen Year Old Celstia spends every summer with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an earthen dam Tired of the society crowd

  • Title: Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood
  • Author: Jame Richards
  • ISBN: 9780375958854
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sixteen Year Old Celstia spends every summer with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh, a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an earthen dam Tired of the society crowd, Celestia prefers to swim and fish with Peter, the hotel s hired boy It s a friendship she must keep secret, and when companionship turns to romance, it s a love that couldSixteen Year Old Celstia spends every summer with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh, a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an earthen dam Tired of the society crowd, Celestia prefers to swim and fish with Peter, the hotel s hired boy It s a friendship she must keep secret, and when companionship turns to romance, it s a love that could get Celestia disowned These affairs of the heart become all the wrenching on a single, tragic day in May, 1889 After days of heavy rain, the dam fails, unleashing 20 million tons of water onto Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the valley below The town where Peter lives with his father The town where Celestia has just arrived to join him This searing novel in poems explores a cross class romance and a tragic event in U S history.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I was drawn in by Richards beautiful verse. Her writing style was fabulous and the plot was one I’d never read. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, but I’ve never read about the Johnstown Flood. Richards did a great job of tying historical facts in with a variety of sub plots. There were five different narrators which may seem like a lot, but it worked out well. The reader got to see different peoples perspectives of the flood and how their stories tied together. The romance was [...]

    2. I like novels in verse. I like books told from multiple perspectives. But I don't tend to like books in verse told from multiple perspectives. I find that the free verse doesn't lend itself to establishing different voices for the characters. And that's my major complaint with this book. I found the different stories to be interesting and the historical information at the end to fulfill my requirements--there is a timeline, information on whether characters are real people, modeled after real pe [...]

    3. I usually don't like to read story written in verses. I gues that's because of my wariness of poetry. This book .what can I say about this bookThere are several point of views in this book. The verses style actually help and improve the feeling and emotion the characters had at that point of time. It's really poignant.The story is really good but for me the story went from good to awesome when the flood happened. Instead of reading the story, it feels like you saw it. You were in the story witne [...]

    4. A very fast and fascinating read! I loved the blending of genres and that it was written in verse. However, something was missing for me to give it a 5 maybe that it just ended - it didn't leave me with anything new. Still a worthwhile read in the end.

    5. I picked up this novel-in-verse on a whim in the bookstore today and read it all in one sitting. Told from several (five, I think?) perspectives, this book does a remarkable job of building a world populated with characters I cared about and then crashing in with the flood waters to tear it all down. If you're not familiar with the story of the flood (as I was not before I read this book), it's hard to believe. In the mid-1800s, a dam was built to create a reservoir for industrial use, perched o [...]

    6. THREE RIVERS RISING, Jame Richards’ debut novel, is a moving work of historical fiction, its verse format making it all the more accessible to a wider audience. The story and character development feel a little forced, however, but in spite of these problems I still found it a good read, worthy of sharing.I had never heard of the Johnstown flood before, but it was a great backdrop for a variety of characters’ stories, and it added a deeper layer of complexity and suspense to the historical f [...]

    7. This is the story of the 1889 Johnstown flood as seen through the eyes of several fictional characters who experience it.Celestia, the daughter of a rich industrialist falls in love with Peter, who is a working class boy from Johnstown, most of the story is about the two of them, her family and how they strive to be together. I think her family's behavior/reaction was very true to the times and who they were. Nicely brought up young ladies simply didn't mix with the help, but Celestia sees the w [...]

    8. Three and a half stars - sometimes a girl needs a half!!I love historical fiction about events that I didn't know anything about and this book absolutely fits the bill. Lake Conemaugh was a man-made reservoir, stocked with fish for the pleasure of rich tourists. Though the dam showed signs of wear, the owners neglected to make the necessary repairs, even though tons of water threatened thousands of people living in the valleys below the resort. In 1889, the dam broke, flooding the valley and kil [...]

    9. This historical novel written in verse is a perfect selection for any student but what a great find it would be for someone required to read historical fiction! Jame Richard's knowledge and research is impressive; she weaves her wealth of knowledge (gathered on this one specific event in history since she was a child) into verse which is simple yet draws readers immediately into the various characters lives and situations. The class differences are interesting and they illustrate how money does [...]

    10. This book was obviously historical, but I really enjoyed it because it was a story of something I had never heard of before, and the story was so heart-breaking that I did not feel that I was learning. The story was fiction but the events were all real.Celestia was a very like-able character, she fell in love with someone below her class, and decided to follow that love, regardless of what her parents thought. While this was reckless, it shows the strictness of that society, and how very few cou [...]

    11. This was an interesting perspective on a historical event. The author's purpose was to create an account that did not solely focus on the actual event but rather integrated it into her story line. While I immensely enjoyed the book, it was not what I originally expected.Richards created a book that was beautifully written and smoothly transitioned from one person to the next. I also found it to be a very quick read and I had a hard time putting it down, but the book only received four stars for [...]

    12. This was a great read. I loved Celestia and Estrellaey were so full of life. I especially liked how a fellow Tenner and poet wove a beautiful story against the historical facts of the flood in Johnstown. The metaphors were beautifully executed. It was so good, I devoured it in less than 24 hours. Great job Jame! FIVE STARS

    13. I love historical fiction and was very excited to read this novel by a fellow Tenner. Jame does an amazing job of evoking the time period, the conflicts between social classes, and the different voices telling the story. What I especially loved was how she conveys the complexity of emotions swirling before, during, and after the flood.Looking forward to more novels by Jame!

    14. I found this book riveting. And, I'm wavering between giving it 4 or 5 stars. The ending just didn't sit right with me. It seemed way too tidy for a book about such destruction. But, the use of free verse to tell the story is perfect because it conveys the sense of urgency, shock and fear that people must have felt during the flood. Great book!

    15. I finished this book last week and it's absolutely amazing! Jame's does an incredible job with every single element in this book's really a masterpiece and is just as haunting and enchanting as Out of the Dust. Highly, highly recommend!

    16. Despitethe girls' behaviorwhich would have been unforgivably wildby Victorian standardsNobody went swimming with the opposite sexafter darkin the 1880sAnd despitethe much-too-tidy happy endingcomplete with Lord EdgarI survivedthe Johnstown floodand a novel in verse

    17. Historical fiction and written in verse. Wonderful voices and story soared above the historical drama. LOVED! Also written by a fellow Tenner. :)

    18. Novel in versen't wait to discuss this with the Challenge Book Club students. I love learning history from fiction!

    19. I'm interested in history. A podcast appeared last week on my feed about the Johnston Flood so I thought it was remarkably coincidental when the librarian asked me to check this book out.It's narrative poetry told from several points of view. I'm not really fond of narrative poetry but my students enjoy it because it's nonintimidating with lots of whitespace on the page.I'm not sure how much they understand at this age about class and dating outside one's class, especially in Victorian America. [...]

    20. Ever since I have read Lisa Ann Sandell, Meg Kearney, Helen Frost, and Marilyn Nelson, I have loved the novel in lyrics. Three Rivers Rising's use of poetry in multiple character perspectives was a wonderful way to really catch the humanity and pathos of historical events of the 19th century. I especially enjoyed the author's notes in the back on her initial interest in the Johnstown Flood and her explanation of her writing process. I loved how the seemingly minor characters of Maura and Kate in [...]

    21. Debut novelist Jame Richards has written a mesmerizing novel in verse set against the shocking backdrop of the Johnstown Flood of 1889. The story of the Johnstown Flood has plenty of juicy ingredients to make a compelling novel: an exclusive resort, where the wealthiest of Pittsburgh society vacationed, an intense storm, the failure of a dam, perhaps due to negligence, the destruction of a working class city, and an enormous national and even international relief effort, which included Clara Bar [...]

    22. This marking period my seniors are focusing on environmental and engineering disasters. We just read Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People and our next book is David McCullough’s The Johnstown Flood. When I received a review copy of Jame Richards’ Three Rivers Rising: A Novel of the Johnstown Flood over the summer, I knew I would want to read it closer to when we were focusing on the Johnstown Flood disaster. Over the holiday weekend I finished the book and I can not wait to share it with my seni [...]

    23. Three Rivers Rising is a novel written in verse and tells the story of the flood in Johnstown through multiple narrators. Johnstown is settled in the valley below three rivers and is a primarily mining community of working class families. On the hill, the South Fork Dam was built to create a lake for the aristocratic vacationers and members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club. Ultimately the flood forces the various narrators to reexamine their own values and perceptions of people living [...]

    24. Three Rivers Rising was an excellent combination of a forbidden romance and major historical event. Books like this really capture my attention because they use something that really happened but weave interesting storylines around it.This book really resonated with me because my relative survived the Johnstown Flood. However, I don't I ever really realized what happened that day in Johnstown, so this was perfect to provide me with the basic information. I'm now ready to read David McCullough's [...]

    25. I bought this book while on a brief Noah's Ark/flood buying tangent on bookoutlet. Over a year ago. And each time I look at it, I think, why did I buy this one? It is YA fiction, which I like as a break between denser reads, and it has a real historic event as a background. All good so far, but then again, it's all in verse. That can't be good, right? I'll probably be cringing through some really forced stuff Not once. This read smoothly, like prose written in really short lines. It wasn't far i [...]

    26. This novel in verse tells the stories of the inhabitants of the communities around Johnstown Pennsylvania in 1888 and 1889. Celestia, the daughter of a wealthy Pittsburgh businessman has come to the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club with her parents and older sister for summer vacation. Relaxing by the lake (reservoir) reading, Celestia meets Peter, the son of a coal miner from Johnstown. Celestia and Peter quickly become friends and then involved in a secret romance. Maura, a young wife and m [...]

    27. Written in verse, this book tells the story of the 1889 Johnstown flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvannia. It is told through the eyes of five people who experience the flood in five very different ways. Celestia is the daughter of a wealthy businessman. Their whole life is about being proper to make the best connections for the family. The family is spending the summer of 1988 at the sporting club on top of the valley. The manmade lake which is the pride of the club is held in place by a flimsy dam. [...]

    28. Celestia has always been the daughter who obeys her father, preferring books over boys. But when she meets Peter, a boy who works at the hotel she is staying at with her family, she falls in love. The two of them spend secret hours together swimming in Lake Conemaugh, talking and stealing kisses. Distracted by her budding relationship, Celestia is not aware that her sister is also in love, but Estrella has gone much farther and ends up pregnant. Celestia must now give up her love and attend to h [...]

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