What the River Washed Away

Pages: 288
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Oneworld

What the River Washed Away

Muriel Mharie Macleod

Inspired by real-life events, Muriel Macleod has penned the remarkable and uncompromising story of one child's refusal to accept her fate
9781780742342 (6 Jun 2013)
RRP £11.99 / US$14.95

The Book

Inspired by real-life events, this is the remarkable and uncompromising story of one young woman’s refusal to accept her fate in 1920s Louisiana

Jobs and Jesus from the big town don't ever seem to make it out here. Not down through the hackberry woods to the shack where I live with my Mambo. Not now Pappy’s gone. No, here’s where the old ways squat, where devil’s work heals and some say harms.

That don’t mean the big town don’t visit though – white folks with their shirt sleeves, liquor stink, and nasty ways. More dark in them than even Mambo can hold off.

But I got me a friend now, fierce and vengeful, and we got a powerful secret that’s gonna change everything.

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 288
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Muriel Mharie Macleod was born and brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland. She graduated in Fine Art and is a distinguished artist and animation film producer. For nine years she was Director of the British Fulbright Scholars Association, and for twenty years illustrated articles for the Scottish edition of the Times Educational Supplement. She lived in the Caribbean for many years, where much of her inspiration comes from, and now lives in London, England. What the River Washed Away is her first novel.


'Macleod brilliantly hooks the reader from beginning to end with a narrative that opens a floodgate of emotions and overflows with unforgettable characters.' Starred review.

- Kirkus

'Stunning... a heart-wrenching tale that speaks to you long after the last page is turned.'

- Maureen Lindley, author of The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

'A spellbinding novel.'

- Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women

'What the River Washed Away is strength incarnate... It's soulful, measured, and as great writing does, it makes you see the world differently. There should be eager anticipation over what Macleod will write next.'

- Bookbrowse.com