Dorothy Weil is a feature writer, novelist, poet, and a producer with TV Image, Inc., a video production team whose documentaries about the Ohio River have won many national awards. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband and paints whenever possible in a studio above a neighborhood bar.
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The death of her father begins Dorothy Weil’s search for what causes the family’s “spinning of in all directions like the pieces of Chaos.” She embarks on a river odyssey, traveling the Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers by steamboat, towboat, and even an old-fashioned flatboat. The river brings her family back, as she records the stories of her fellow “river rats”: steamboat veterans, deckhands, captains, and cooks.
“The river journeys provide an arresting motif for an unusually rich and extremely moving memoir.”
Lee Smith, author of News of the Spirit