River Meets the Sea

River Meets the Sea

A Novel

Written by: Moorthy, Rachael

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A spellbinding, spirited tale of two men exploring masculinity, race, and belonging in a desperate search to feel at home in their own skins.

An enthralling nautical epic, River Meets the Sea traces the dual timelines of a white-passing Indigenous foster child in 1940s Vancouver and a teenage immigrant in the suburbs of Nanaimo in the 1970s. 

A natural-born storyteller, Ronny is a left-handed “alley mutt” without a birth certificate who searches for his mother everywhere — most powerfully, he hears her voice in the surging Stó:lō River. Born in the middle of the ocean on a merchant ship departing Sri Lanka, Chandra is a Tamil boy with “skin like a charred eggplant” who finds his haven from the pressure to assimilate by swimming and surfing in the Salish Sea. 

Moving gracefully between these parallel stories like a wave, the novel traces the seemingly separate lives of these sensitive young men and their everlasting connections to water. When their troubled paths inevitably cross, they form a sacred bond based on the mutual understanding of what it means to be othered, illuminating the interconnectedness of humanity and our innate relationship with the natural world.

A spellbinding, spirited tale of two men exploring masculinity, race, and belonging in a desperate search to feel at home in their own skins.

An enthralling nautical epic, River Meets the Sea traces the dual timelines of a white-passing Indigenous foster child in 1940s Vancouver and a teenage immigrant in the suburbs of Nanaimo in the 1970s. 

A natural-born storyteller, Ronny is a left-handed “alley mutt” without a birth certificate who searches for his mother everywhere — most powerfully, he hears her voice in the surging Stó:lō River. Born in the middle of the ocean on a merchant ship departing Sri Lanka, Chandra is a Tamil boy with “skin like a charred eggplant” who finds his haven from the pressure to assimilate by swimming and surfing in the Salish Sea. 

Moving gracefully between these parallel stories like a wave, the novel traces the seemingly separate lives of these sensitive young men and their everlasting connections to water. When their troubled paths inevitably cross, they form a sacred bond based on the mutual understanding of what it means to be othered, illuminating the interconnectedness of humanity and our innate relationship with the natural world.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — May 30, 2023
Specifications 400 pages | 5.25 in x 8 in
Written By

RACHAEL MOORTHY is a Canadian writer of mixed ancestry who is still trying to figure out how to answer the question “Where are you from?” She has a bachelor’s of writing from the University of Victoria. Rachael was shortlisted for the 2020 Far Horizons Award for Poetry, and her fiction has been published in PRISM international, SAD Magazine, Revue Zinc, Una Terra, The Pigeon, This Side of West, The Malahat Review, and Young Writers of Canada. Born in Matsqui, BC, she lives in Switzerland.

Written By

RACHAEL MOORTHY is a Canadian writer of mixed ancestry who is still trying to figure out how to answer the question “Where are you from?” She has a bachelor’s of writing from the University of Victoria. Rachael was shortlisted for the 2020 Far Horizons Award for Poetry, and her fiction has been published in PRISM international, SAD Magazine, Revue Zinc, Una Terra, The Pigeon, This Side of West, The Malahat Review, and Young Writers of Canada. Born in Matsqui, BC, she lives in Switzerland.


Brilliant and inventive, River Meets the Sea is elegantly told in heartrending poetry. Moorthy’s protagonists, Chandra and Ronny, feel familiar in their search for meaning and belonging, even as they grapple with the implications of race and masculinity. With exquisite prose in which water becomes just as much a character as Chandra and Ronny, River Meets the Sea flows smoothly between the protagonists’ histories, the forces that propel them, and their inevitable meeting.

” —Francesca Ekwuyasi, author of Butter Honey Pig Bread

Rachael Moorthy’s writing is driven by an innate creative curiosity, interrogating history, identity, and the human condition, and always rooted in deep artistic and moral convictions.

” —Lee Henderson, author of The Road Narrows as You Go