There Was a River
explores the idiosyncrasies of the desert Southwest, and Berger has a keen eye for the oddities of human behavior interacting with this extraordinary environment. Through the book parade a number of characters whom we alternately admire, disdain, want to avoid at all costs, or can't wait to meet.
—Colorado Plateau Advocate
His skilled language and extraordinary descriptions of this land of 'pink geology' will captivate readers, even those who have never traveled west of the Mississippi.
This book is not your run-of-the-mill psycho-spiritual babble of self-discovery in the desert. This is a book written by a real desert rat, for real desert rats. . . . Those who understand, or have an inkling they understand, will appreciate the soft intelligence and humor of this fine writer.
Berger is a talented writer who wrestles with the compromises we all make as desert city-dwellers.
—Journal of Arizona History