Philip Gerard & Dina Greenberg

In Down the Wild Cape Fear, novelist and nonfiction writer Philip Gerard invites readers onto the fabled waters of the Cape Fear River and guides them on the 200-mile voyage from the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers at Mermaid Point all the way to the Cape of Fear on Bald Head Island. Accompanying the author by canoe and powerboat are a cadre of people passionate about the river, among them a river guide, a photographer, a biologist, a river keeper, and a boat captain. Historical voices also lend their wisdom to our understanding of this river, which has been a main artery of commerce, culture, settlement, and war for the entire region since it was first discovered by Verrazzano in 1524. Gerard explores the myriad environmental and political issues being played out along the waters of the Cape Fear. These include commerce and environmental stewardship, wilderness and development, suburban sprawl and the decline and renaissance of inner cities, and private rights versus the public good.

"An adventure story paired with a view of the ecology, history, development, and industry along a vital river that runs from the core of North Carolina to the coast. Gerard uses glittering, evocative prose to recount his travels by canoe and powerboat down the Wild Cape Fear River with a guide, biologist, photographer, and others. . . . This is a compelling story that offers a striking and thoughtful look at the many environmental, political, and commercial issues affecting this region and the waterway that feeds it."--ForeWord Reviews

"By the book's end we get a sense of the innumerable interconnections that make the region a special, singular place".--North Carolina Literary Review


War sears its imprint on the human spirit in infinite ways.

After her family is murdered and her body ravaged by Serbian soldiers, Nermina Beganovic's only chance of survival is to flee her Bosnian homeland during the Balkan War, circa 1992.

Nermina's Chance by Dina Greenberg reimagines the essence of family and plumbs the depths of a mother's ardent connection to her daughter.

"I stayed up so late reading Nermina's Chance because I had to know what would happen next. Each time I put it down, I found myself ruminating about these characters I had come to love—what would happen to them? Would they find their way toward peace? This is a novel of remarkable self-assurance and wisdom. Dina Greenberg has written a gripping story of love, loss, war, and the things that people do to create family.  -- Dana Sachs, author of The Secret of the Nightingale Palace

"Nermina's Chance by Dina Greenberg is the harrowing and sometimes heart-breaking story of Nermina Beganovic as she struggles to recover from losing everything she has lost. A very interesting read about the after-effects of a recent war."
               -- Heather Osborne, Readers' Favorite


Nermina's Chance By Dina Greenberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781639446254
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Published: Atmosphere Press - October 29th, 2021

Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina By Philip Gerard Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469669403
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2022

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