Synopses & Reviews
Harrisons last novel, Returning to Earth, was one of his most praised in years, hailed by The Plain Dealer as an artistic achievement worthy of Faulkner. Now Harrison gives us The English Major, a wryly funny novel that sparkles with the generous humanity of his vision.
"It used to be Cliff and Vivian and now it isn't." With these words, Jim Harrison begins a riotous, moving novel that sends a sixty-something man on a quest of self-rediscovery. Newly divorced and robbed of his farm by his real-estate shark of an ex-wife, Cliff is off on a road trip across America, on a mission to rename all the states and state birds to overcome the banal names men have given them. Cliff's adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student from his high school teaching days twenty-some years before, to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and to the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer. A map of a man's journey into--and out of--himself, The English Major is vintage Harrison: reflective, big-picture American, and replete with wicked wit.
Newly divorced, sixty-someting Cliff is off on a road trip across America. His adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student and into the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer.