The Middle Fork by Rick Glaze is subtitled "A Political Novel". It is the story of a kayaking trip down the Salmon River in Idaho. On the trip are:
- Johnathan, the narrator. Middle-aged, widowed, the father of young adults.
- Mike, Johnathan's college roommate. A financial advisor
- Keith, one of Mike's clients. A college professor who has made a fortune because of a book on global warming
- Simon. Native of Iran. Oncologist specializing in ovarian cancer.
- Sonja. Friend of Simon's daughter. Journalist for a conservative political magazine.
As I noted earlier, this is subtitled "A political novel" and while the characters discuss politics, I didn't find those discussions to be relevant to the story. The best presented political views were conservative and generally mirrored mine, so I wouldn't say that disagreeing with the characters was a problem, its just that I didn't understand why they were discussing politics (unless they are like my husband who talks politics constantly).
It is a short novel, only about 140 pages and I found it a satisfying read. You can read the first chapter by going to the author's website.
Thanks to Phenix and Phenix for sending me this book.