Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

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How did Leif Enger in Peace Like a River take the non-universal experience of hunting in the freezing cold and render it a universal “moment”?  

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Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, follows the Land family on an extraordinary journey. The family consists of Jeremiah Land and his three children: Davy, Reuben, and his daughter Swede. They live in the rather rustic north, and the three children go goose-hunting early one morning and then come home for a bit. Reuben says:

That's how goose-hunting is--you rise early and do the cold, thrilling work; then come in and eat; then fatigue sneaks up and knocks you flat.

After they are...

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