Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

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In Leif Enger's Peace Like a River, what does Roxanne provide that the Lands had lacked before her arrival in their lives?

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Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, follows Jeremiah Land and two of his children (Reuben and Swede) as they search for the oldest son, Davy. They have all lived many years without an adult woman in their lives, so when Roxanna becomes part of their family, everything changes. In the broadest terms, what Roxanna provides for the Lands is joy.

Roxanna knows how to have fun, and she is able to do that even under difficult circumstances.

She knew...that when the land lies buried in the miseries of winter, and loose boards twist with the cold, and the...

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