Perfume River by Robert Olen ButlerFrom one of America’s most important writers, Perfume River is a masterful novel that examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family. Profound and poignant, it is an examination of relationships, personal choice and how war resonates down the generations. It is the finest novel yet from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain.






‘This is a simply but beautifully written book, which I found to be a real page-turner.’

– Angela Stephens


‘I expect this literary novel to stay with me for a long time.’

– Paul Burke


‘What I liked most about this book was the curiosity it has piqued in me to find out more about a period of history I know almost nothing of.’

– Katie Mclean


‘Even though this is a short book, and some may say read quickly and easily, it is not an easy read as it is thought-provoking, challenging.’

– Paul Diggett


‘I found myself thinking about it long after I’d finished reading it.’

– Sue Glynn


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