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A national bestseller, the story of “a boy’s last days of youth and a history his father can’t leave behind” (The Daily Beast).

Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge in the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an “accident between the sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago. The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine.

Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own. The Bartender’s Tale wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.

Review:

"Highly textured and evocative....Doig gives us a poignant saga of a boy becoming a man alongside a town and a bygone way of life inching into the modern era." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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"Doig expertly spins out [the] various narrative threads with his usual gift for bringing history alive in the odysseys of marvelously thorny characters....Possibly the best novel yet by one of America's premier storytellers." Kirkus (Starred Review)

Review:

"[An] enjoyable, old-fashioned, warmhearted story about fathers and sons, growing up, and big life changes." Library Journal

Review:

"Essential reading for anyone who cares about western literature." Bookpage (Starred Review)

Review:

"With this expert novel, [Doig] sets himself a larger canvas and fills it with a diverse cast....Fact and fiction are skillfully fused to document a boy's last days of youth and a history his father can't leave behind....Rusty's youthful adventures are enchanting, but Doig does something more — he punctuates them with the colorful local idiom of his father's grizzled punters." Newsweek/Daily Beast

About the Author

Ivan Doig is the author of ten previous novels, most recently Work Song, and three works of nonfiction, including his classic first book, This House of Sky. He lives in Seattle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594631481
Author:
Doig, Ivan
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20130806
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in 0.69 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 432 pages Riverhead Trade - English 9781594631481 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Highly textured and evocative....Doig gives us a poignant saga of a boy becoming a man alongside a town and a bygone way of life inching into the modern era."
"Review" by , "Doig expertly spins out [the] various narrative threads with his usual gift for bringing history alive in the odysseys of marvelously thorny characters....Possibly the best novel yet by one of America's premier storytellers."
"Review" by , "[An] enjoyable, old-fashioned, warmhearted story about fathers and sons, growing up, and big life changes."
"Review" by , "Essential reading for anyone who cares about western literature."
"Review" by , "With this expert novel, [Doig] sets himself a larger canvas and fills it with a diverse cast....Fact and fiction are skillfully fused to document a boy's last days of youth and a history his father can't leave behind....Rusty's youthful adventures are enchanting, but Doig does something more — he punctuates them with the colorful local idiom of his father's grizzled punters."
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