A Single Pebble

Finalist, National Book Awards 1957 for Fiction

cover of A Single Pebble by John Hersey
ISBN 9780394756974
Alfred A. Knopf

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A young American engineer sent to China to inspect the unruly Yangtze River travels up through the river’s gorges searching for dam sites. Pulled on a junk hauled by forty-odd trackers, he is carried, too, into the settled, ancient way of life of the people of the Yangtze — until the interplay of his life with theirs comes to a dramatic climax.