“The River Bank is that species of fan fiction that unfolds new material from a beloved property with hardly a hint of a seam.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“Kij Johnson has brought out an absolutely delightful book, as charming and funny and rereadable as Kenneth Grahame’s ‘Wind in the Willows’ itself.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.
The praise for The River Bank: A sequel to Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows by Kij Johnson has be overwhelming. The reviews for the author’s writing are all highly enlightening and recommending:
“The Fox Woman immediately sets the author in the front rank of today’s novelists.” —Lloyd Alexander
“Johnson has a singular vision and I’m going to be borrowing (stealing) from her.” — Sherman Alexie
“Johnson’s language is beautiful, her descriptions of setting visceral, and her characters compellingly drawn.” — Publishers Weekly
“Johnson would fit quite comfortably on a shelf with Karen Russell, Erin Morgen-stern and others who hover in the simultaneous state of being both “literary” and “fantasy” writers.” — Shelf Awareness
Kij has won the Sturgeon, World Fantasy, and Nebula awards. She is a wearer of many hats. As well as having taught writing, she has worked at Dark Horse, Microsoft and Real Networks. She has also managed run bookstores, worked as a radio announcer and engineer, edited cryptic crosswords, and waitressed in a strip bar.
These roles has no doubt had a tremendous positive impact on her writing.
Her writing has been elevated further in this novel by the illustrations of Kathleen Jennings, who trained as a lawyer before pursuing her passion for illustration. She has been nominated for the World Fantasy award and has received several Ditmar Awards for her work.
The story itself is one of a bygone world where a staunch Mole, a sociable Water Rat, a severe Badger, and mischievous, cheerful Toad of Toad Hall take up residence. They are joined by a young mole lady, Beryl, and her close friend, Rabbit. Contained with the pages of The River Bank are adventures, kidnappings, lost letters and family secrets. An amazing read!