By Jim Harrison
Ny instances best-selling writer Jim Harrison is one in every of America’s such a lot cherished writers, and of all his creations, Brown puppy, a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian, has earned cult prestige with readers within the greater than 20 years in view that his first visual appeal. For the 1st time, Brown puppy gathers the entire Brown puppy novellas, together with one never-published one, into one volume—the excellent advent (or reintroduction) to Harrison’s impossible to resist Everyman.
In those novellas, BD rescues the preserved physique of an Indian from Lake Superior’s chilly waters; overindulges in nutrition, drink, and ladies whereas simply scraping through in Michigan’s top Peninsula; wanders l. a. looking for an ersatz local activist who stole his bearskin; adopts local little ones; and flees the experts, then returns around the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock band’s travel bus. the gathering culminates with He puppy, by no means prior to released, which unearths BD marginally hired and nonetheless trying to find love (or occasionally quite a few beers and a roll within the hay), as he is going on a street journey from Michigan to Montana and again, arriving domestic to the possibility of relatives balance and, possibly, an opportunity at redemption.
Brown puppy underscores Harrison’s position as certainly one of America’s so much irrepressible writers, and one of many best practitioners of the novella form.
Praise for Jim Harrison’s Brown Dog:
“There is vast comedy within the writing, but additionally tenderness, and not a second while the reader isn’t rooting for Brown puppy to get it correct. . . . we'd all be the poorer if disadvantaged of Jim Harrison’s high-quality stories.”—The big apple occasions e-book evaluation at the summer season He Didn’t Die
“Brown puppy, an outdated pal to enthusiasts of Harrison, . . . boasts the infrequent skill to reject the frills and synthetic complexities of recent existence and hold to the fundamentals. . . . Like examining a e-book describing pricey friends.”—Miami bring in at the Farmer’s Daughter
“A 21st-century model of Huck Finn.”—The Charleston Gazette at the Farmer’s Daughter
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