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Border Songs (Vintage Contemporaries)

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By the acclaimed author of The Highest Tide, a story of contrary destinies further complicated by the border that separates them.

Six foot eight and severely dyslexic, Brandon Vanderkool has always had an unusual perspectivewhich comes in handy once his father pushes him off their dairy farm and into the Border Patrol. He used to jump over the ditch into British Columbia but now is responsible for policing a thirty-mile stretch of this largely invisible boundary. Uncomfortable in this uniformed role, he indulges his passion for bird-watching and often finds not only an astonishing variety of species but also a great many smugglers hauling pot into Washington State, as well as potentially more dangerous illegals. What a decade before was a sleepy rural hinterland is now the front line of an escalating war on both drugs and terrorism.

Life on either side of the border is undergoing a similar transformation. Mountaintop mansions in Canada peer down into berry farms that might offer convenient routes into the budding American market, politicians clamor for increased security, surveillance cameras sprout up everywhere and previously law-abiding citizens are tempted to turn a blind eye. Closer to home, Brandons father battles disease in his herd, and his mother something far more frightening. Madeline Rousseau, who grew up right across the ditch, has seen her gardening skills turn lucrative, while her father keeps busy by replicating great past inventions, medicating himself and railing against imperialism. And overseeing all is the mysterious masseuse who knows everybodys secrets.

Rich in characters contending with a swiftly changing world and their own elusive hopes and dreams, Border Songs is at once comic and tender and momentousa riveting portrait of a distinctive community, an extraordinary love story and fiction of the highest order.

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From the acclaimed author of "The Highest Tide" comes a story that is at oncecomic, tender, and momentous--a riveting portrait of a distinctive community, an inventive love story, and fiction of the highest order.

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Set in the previously sleepy hinterlands straddling Washington state and British Columbia, Border Songs is the story of Brandon Vanderkool, six foot eight, frequently tongue-tied, severely dyslexic, and romantically inept. Passionate about bird-watching, Brandon has a hard time mustering enthusiasm for his new job as a Border Patrol agent guarding thirty miles of largely invisible boundary. But to everyone’s surprise, he excels at catching illegals, and as drug runners, politicians, surveillance cameras, and a potential sweetheart flock to this scrap of land, Brandon is suddenly at the center of something much bigger than himself.

 

A magnificent novel of birding, smuggling, farming and extraordinary love, Border Songs welcomes us to a changing community populated with some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction. 

About the Author

Jim Lynch lives with his wife and their daughter in Olympia, Washington. As a journalist, he has received the H. L. Mencken Award and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists, among other national honors. His first novel, The Highest Tide, won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, appeared on several bestseller lists, was adapted for the stage and has been published in eleven foreign markets.

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windwright, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by windwright)
How about viewing a controversy through several pairs of glasses and odd happenings. Never mind how you feel about protecting the United States border; you will be left more bemused by it than feeling victimized after reading this book. More over you are given more that one underdog that will pull on your heartstrings: The obvious Aspergers young man to a retired college professor. They all pull on their puddly boots on foot at a time.

I like how the author stated in an interview that more than one boarder exists in this book as in real life. Please come explore the obvious and subtle boarders with Jim Lynch.
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windwright, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by windwright)
How about viewing a controversy through several pairs of glasses and odd happenings. Never mind how you feel about protecting the United States border; you will be left more bemused by it than feeling victimized after reading this book. More over you are given more that one underdog that will pull on your heartstrings: The obvious Aspergers young man to a retired college professor. They all pull on their puddly boots on foot at a time.

I like how the author stated in an interview that more than one boarder exists in this book as in real life. Please come explore the obvious and subtle boarders with Jim Lynch.
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W S Krauss, February 2, 2011 (view all comments by W S Krauss)
Humorous and witty, the story is centered around Brandon Vanderpoole, large and dyslexic, who becomes a border patrol agent. It shows how he affects those around him in the community in which he lives, the border towns of Washington state and British Columbia, Canada. The character of Brandon is finely crafted and Lynch's descriptions of the birds and natural areas of northern Washington are amazing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307456267
Author:
Lynch, Jim
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Border patrol agents
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x .65 in .5063 lb

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"Synopsis" by , From the acclaimed author of "The Highest Tide" comes a story that is at oncecomic, tender, and momentous--a riveting portrait of a distinctive community, an inventive love story, and fiction of the highest order.
"Synopsis" by , Set in the previously sleepy hinterlands straddling Washington state and British Columbia, Border Songs is the story of Brandon Vanderkool, six foot eight, frequently tongue-tied, severely dyslexic, and romantically inept. Passionate about bird-watching, Brandon has a hard time mustering enthusiasm for his new job as a Border Patrol agent guarding thirty miles of largely invisible boundary. But to everyone’s surprise, he excels at catching illegals, and as drug runners, politicians, surveillance cameras, and a potential sweetheart flock to this scrap of land, Brandon is suddenly at the center of something much bigger than himself.

 

A magnificent novel of birding, smuggling, farming and extraordinary love, Border Songs welcomes us to a changing community populated with some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction. 

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