The Third Bank of the River: Life and Death in the 21st-Century Amazon
Chris Feliciano Arnold
The Third Bank of the River is a narrative journey through the contemporary Amazon rain forest, seen through the eyes of ordinary Amazonians as their region undergoes a dramatic cultural, economic, and physical transformation. Among the characters we meet: a drug-addicted homicide detective; a young tribal chief who hopes to preserve his ancient culture by turning his village into an ecotourism start-up; a devoted physician who travels the Amazon to deliver care to river nomads; a poor fisherman forced to poach the Amazon's sacred pink dolphin; and an archer from Omagua who is training to represent his tribe--and the nation of Brazil--in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Chris Feliciano Arnold has written for Harper’s, The Atlantic, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, McSweeney's, The Millions, and other outlets, including Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil’s most respected newspaper. His pieces have twice been selected as notable selections in The Best American Sportswriting anthology series. His short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Playboy, Ecotone, Crab Orchard Review, Northwest Review, and elsewhere, receiving two special mentions in the Pushcart Prize anthology, two honorable mentions inThe Atlantic Monthly's fiction contest, and special mention in Best of the West 2011. He is also the recipient of a 2014 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in Brazil and raised in the U.S., he now resides in northern California.
To be published by Picador USA in 2017.