Dorothy Weil

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 River Home · A Memoir
By Dorothy Weil

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