"Montgomery's smart, bighearted book reminds us that there are still places whose sheer existence is cause for wonder."
—New York Times Book Review
"The voyage is the ultimate in extreme . . . Deadly possibilities and impossible-to-imagine rewards lurk around the river's bend . . . Montgomery] writes with flair and with an ease that makes you feel like she's sitting next to you, telling you her stories."
"I started to read this book at six in the morning and did not move out of my chair for the rest of the day. I did not lose a day; I gained a whole world."
—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Author of When Elephants Weep
"A rich odyssey both real and mythical."
—Christian Science Monitor
"One of the most brilliant books of our time."
—Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Author of The Tribe of Tiger