In a small Texas town in 1966, a thirteen-year-old boy named Jim and his two best friends, Charles and Gary, are looking forward to a long summer of playing baseball, practical jokes, telling scary tales, mowing lawns for pocket money, and teasing pretty girls. Fishing, however, is a pleasure Jim prefers to enjoy alone, until he finds Sam, an older African American man, in his favorite spot.
As the summer unfolds, Jim discovers there is more to Sam than he ever imagined, and that life's most important lessons are sometimes the most painful.
Hailed as "An excellent first novel" by Pulitzer Prize winning author Larry McMurtry, River Season grabs readers' hearts and doesn't let go. A 2006 Charlotte Award Nominee.