A Novel of the St. Lawrence River in the 1750s
Owens reads an excerpt from Rips (7:17)
|Peter Owens and his wife, Mary, at their Cedar Island summer
camp on the St. Lawrence. Owens owns the last of several islands
held by his family over four generations.
is a harrowing adventure novel about the traumas, adventures, and
frustrated romances of a St. Lawrence River man and his adopted
family as they fight for survival during the French and Indian War.
Caught in the cross-fire between French, English, American and Indian
combatants, the people of Rips embody the strife, conflict, and
bitter ancestry of a nearly forgotten era in North American history
still smoldering in today's world.
about Rips. More
about St. Lawrence River History.
Peter Owens in a small portable boat on
Lake St. Francis.
He's spent summers on the
St. Lawrence for the last 50 years.
Owens returns to Cedar Island after dropping visitors off
at a larger boat on a particularly choppy afternoon.
Owens literary essay "Rumblings," appears
in the book Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscapes
in Northern New York, edited by Neal Burdick and Natalia
Singer at St. Lawrence University.