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Brown Dog: Novellasby Jim Harrison
Synopses & Reviews
“Among the most indelible American novelists of the last hundred years....[Harrison] remains at the height of his powers.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times on The River Swimmer
New York Times best-selling author Jim Harrison is one of Americas most beloved writers, and of all his creations, Brown Dog, a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian, has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, Brown Dog gathers all the Brown Dog novellas, including one never-published one, into one volume — the ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison's irresistible Everyman.
In these novellas, BD rescues the preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior's cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while just scraping by in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in search of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native children; and flees the authorities, then returns across the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock bands tour bus. The collection culminates with "He Dog," never before published, which finds BD marginally employed and still looking for love (or sometimes just a few beers and a roll in the hay), as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to Montana and back, arriving home to the prospect of family stability and, perhaps, a chance at redemption.
Brown Dog underscores Harrison's place as one of America's most irrepressible writers, and one of the finest practitioners of the novella form.
Pity poor Brown Dog, the Everyman of the North Woods, whose luck would be nonexistent were it not bad. Still, Brown Dog's countenance is as cheerful as Don Quixote's was woeful. Harrison's comic hero — and in some ways alter ego — is as quixotic as they come, depending on kind winds to blow him a little money, some booze and a bit of righteous loving....[Brown Dog] is just right....Rollicking, expertly observed, beautifully written. Any new book by Harrison is cause for joy, and having all the Brown Dog stories in one place is no exception.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
[An] essential collection...Brown Dog [is] a pure Harrison creation and a glorious character who will make readers howl with delight....This boozy, backwoods, tree-cutting, snow-shoveling partNative American from Michigan's Upper Peninsula wins over his audience with a bawdy, sometimes thoughtful tone....Often moving, frequently funny, these 500 pages offer the best way to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with one of literature's great characters.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Jim Harrison's amazing late-career run continues with Brown Dog.” Jeff Baker, The Oregonian
Brown Dog can't seem to stay out of trouble....The character's observations highlight the foibles and hypocrisy of modern life. Readers new to Harrison's sagas will be happy for this full introduction. Those already familiar will find here a satisfying conclusion that leaves open the possibility for further adventures.” Library Journal
About the Author
Jim Harrison is the author of thirty-five previous books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, Returning to Earth, and The English Major. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty-seven languages. Harrison lives in Montana and Arizona.
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