A Review of
Riverine: A Memoir
from Anywhere but Here
Reviewed by Sarah Lyons
How is it possible to forget something that the land itself remembers?
When Angela Palm was in high school, her next-door neighbor and the boy she loved was sentenced to life in prison. Corey, just coming off drugs and suffering from withdrawal—details Palm would not learn until much later in her life—murdered two of their elderly neighbors and then stole the couple’s car, lighting it on fire a few towns away in an attempt to erase what he’d done. In the days that followed his arrest, Palm’s rural Indiana hometown would speculate as to what his motives were. Her government class took the opportunity to talk about opposing views on the death penalty. Coworkers whispered rumors until they noticed her listening, and then silenced themselves in a weak attempt to protect her. No one asked Palm if she was okay, and so she buried the trauma silently inside her.