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stylist2thestars, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by stylist2thestars)
A fresh, delicious portrait of life (and lives) in a small coastal community in Oregon.
I spent weeks after finishing this book still thinking of the characters.
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AJ Love, January 17, 2013 (view all comments by AJ Love)
If Ken Kesey and Gabriel Garcia Marquez had collaborated on a book while shacked up in a cabin near Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain, this is the book they would have written. Stunning. Genuine. I was recommending and gifting this book before I'd ever finished. Doyle understand that the coast is a hard place to live and make a living, but there is magic in the struggle and solitude (yes, even god-awful early mornings to take care of cows or head out to sea). The characters are uniquely lovely, mistaken, broken, and fitted together in a story mosaic that's tough to put down. I'll be going back and back to this book forever.
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KittyCee, January 16, 2013 (view all comments by KittyCee)
Mink River is poetry-in-prose. Author Brian Doyle creates a familiar yet magical setting and I was utterly charmed within the first 20 pages.
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Suzy Harris, January 14, 2013 (view all comments by Suzy Harris)
Mink River is a gift for lovers of language, magical story telling, and playful duality. It is both yin and yang, light and dark, transparent and veiled. The author captures the desolate beauty of faded communities on the verge of coming back, lives lost and reclaimed, and the healing powers of the universe.
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Julie Arnzen, January 7, 2013 (view all comments by Julie Arnzen)
When I finished this book, I knew it would be one I'd read again and again. A wonderful, lovely read!
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Doyle, Brian
Oregon State University Press
City and town life - Oregon
General Fiction
Fiction; Literature; Novel; City and town life-Oregon
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I haven't enjoyed a book this much in so long! Set in a tiny coastal Oregon town, this story is populated with characters who seem to leap off the page and speak their lines into your ear. They are that real. Brian Doyle breaks all the so-called "rules" of good writing, yet this book is rich and layered and beautiful and profound. Riotous and complex, Doyle's lush tale compels you to read faster than you'd like, because you can't stand not knowing just what the heck is going to happen next. Every sentence is a tiny jewel you want to roll around on your tongue and slowly savor. Quirky, unique, and delightful, the tale of Neawanaka gets under your skin and lives inside you. Go read it!

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Mink River is Pacific Northwest fiction at its finest. Doyle plunges us head first into the lives of the residents of a soggy, fictional Oregon coast town, Neawanaka. Rich with both Native American and Irish storytelling, Mink River lets us inside the raw, honest lives of ordinary people and makes us see the extraordinary in them. Long after you have read this novel, you will find yourself wondering what the characters are doing now and hoping that all is well in the fictional little town you've come to love.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Community is the beating heart of this fresh, memorable debut with an omniscient narrator and dozens of characters living in Neawanaka, a small coastal Oregon town. Daniel Cooney, a 12-year-old who wears his hair in three different-colored braids, has a terrible bike accident in the woods and is rescued by a bear. Daniel's grandfather, Worried Man, is able to sense others' pain even from a distance and goes on a dangerous mountain mission to track down the source of time with his dear friend, Cedar. Other key stories involve a young police officer whose life is threatened, a doctor who smokes one cigarette for each apostle per day, a lusty teenage couple who work at a shingle factory, and a crow who can speak English. The fantastical blends with the natural elements in this original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of small-town life that profits from the oral traditions of the town's population of Native Americans and Irish immigrants. Those intrigued by the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest will treasure every lyrical sentence. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "If my high-hearted friend Brian Doyle is trying to avoid the nickname 'Paddy,' his wondrous Oregon Coast novel is the wrong feckin' way to go about it. In its sights, settings, insinuations, flora and fauna, his tale is quintessential North Coast, but in its sensibility and lilt this story is as Irish as tin whistles — and the pairing is an unprecedented delight. This thing reads like an Uilleann pipe tour de force by a Sligo County maestro cast up on the shores of County Tillamook. The hauntings and shadows, shards of dark and bright, usurpations by wonder, lust, blarney, yearning, are coast-mythic in flavor but entirely bardic at heart. Doyle's sleights of hand, word, and reality burr up off the page the way bits of heather burr out of a handmade Irish sweater yet the same sweater is stained indigenous orange by a thousand Netarts Bay salmonberries. I've read no Northwest novel remotely like it and enjoyed few novels more. Of an Irishman's Oregon I am nothing but glad to have wandered, Mink River sings and sings."
"Review" by , "Absolutely in the tradition of Northwest literature, richly imagined, distinctive, beautiful... I was pulled along steadily, my heart raced, I held my breath..."
"Review" by , "Doyle writes with an inventive and seductive style that echoes that of ancient storytellers. This lyrical mix of natural history, poetry, and Salish and Celtic lore offers crime, heartaches, celebrations, healing, and death....Enthusiastically recommended."
"Review" by , "The greatest gift of Mink River is that it provides every reason in the world to see your own village, neighborhood and life in a deeper, more nuanced and connected way."
"Synopsis" by , The story of the small Oregon coast town of Neawanaka and its people.
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