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ISBN13: 9780307271174
ISBN10: 030727117x
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RB, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by RB)
Funny, charming story about an unlikely Border Patrol member who is more comfortable with nature than with his coworkers. The author weaves in several side stories about the effects of terrorism, the attempts to strengthen border control, and the US/Canadian citizens trying to live with it all.
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Lissa, March 15, 2010 (view all comments by Lissa)
An unusual setting - the pacific northwest US/Canadian border. Typical small town/rural community conections. Atypical storyline, but probably not atypical problem. Unusual characters who remind us of our personal challenges, which may also turn out to be our greatest gifts.

What a wonderful read! I will be watching for future books by Jim Lynch!
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hipwatermama, January 9, 2010 (view all comments by hipwatermama)
Jim Lynch has created a cast of characters and a page turning chain of events that expose the human and the nature in human nature. Border Songs is unique and is a commendable follow up to The Highest Tide. It made an excellent start to my reading year.
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Lynch, Jim
Washington (state)
Border patrol agents
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Product details 304 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307271174 Reviews:
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If Carl Hiaasen set one of his novels on a residential stretch of boundary line between British Columbia and Washington, or if Richard Russo's characters had relatives in the Pacific Northwest, the result might be something like Border Songs. Northwest native Jim Lynch earned a legion of fans with his bestselling debut, The Highest Tide. Border Songs is the rare sophomore effort that lives up to — arguably even exceeds — its lofty expectations.

"Review" by , "Engaging, even heartwarming... Every character is memorable, each etched with distinctive lines and endearing idiosyncrasies."
"Review" by , "The action (there's plenty of it) is shot through with wry humor and intermittent suspense.... What's memorable is the masterful use of Brandon as a bridge between the human world, foolish and chaotic, and the more ordered universe of birds."
"Review" by , "Jim Lynch's new novel reads as an antidote to the 21st century: a kind of metaphorical insistence on hope and simplicity and art in the face of a surrounding storm. Border Songs is a quietly ambitious book and it just gets better as it rises to the final satisfying image."
"Review" by , "Meet Brandon Vanderkool, the most fascinating, memorable, and human character in American fiction since Ignatius J. Reilly of A Confederacy of Dunces. Birder extraordinaire, painter and sculptor, part-savant and ever the Good Samaritan, Brandon also happens to be a 6'8" Border Patrol agent with an uncanny gift for finding contraband and smugglers. Border Songs is a masterwork, and Jim Lynch, for my money, is our best new storyteller since Larry McMurtry: deeply in touch with the natural world, the absurdities of our era, and the hearts and minds of his unforgettable and endlessly surprising characters."
"Synopsis" by , By the acclaimed author of The Highest Tide comes a story that is at once comic, tender, and momentous — a riveting portrait of a distinctive community, an inventive love story, and fiction of the highest order.
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