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The Riverbanks Remain

Author: Ranger, Margaret Set In . . .
 Asia, Thailand
Genre: Other
Time Frame: None
Description: Set against a backdrop of real places and world events, this is the story of a man and a woman on the borders of language and culture. A chance meeting on a Thai train between Greg, a foreign correspondent, and Mira, an English language teacher living in Thailand, leads them on an Asian journey where they are forced to confront their deepest fears.

The novel takes us to Thailand, Laos and India, to Greg’s homeland, Australia, and Mira’s New Zealand. Their individual stories merge and their perceptions become distorted as they gaze into the small pocket mirror of love.

The story begins in the late 1980s as the Russian troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan and spans the period of the first Gulf War, the initial bomb attack on the World Trade Center and the early 1994 Australian bushfires. But in Asia, where time has a different quality, the past is alive and the future foreshadowed. Present world events can be seen as the unfinished past.


Margaret Ranger is a New Zealand writer who works as a health professional in Wellington. She is the author of The Long Clear Day: Everyday Life in Aotearoa New Zealand (Steele Roberts, 2012) and The Guacamole Tree: A Novel (Buddington Books, 2013).

The Riverbanks Remain is her first novel, originally published by Steele Roberts (2005) and available in paperback from their website
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