The River Swimmer

The River Swimmer

Novellas

Book - 2013
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Jim Harrison is one of America's most beloved and critically-acclaimed authors--on a par with American literary greats like Richard Ford, Anne Tyler, Robert Stone, Russell Banks, and Ann Beattie. His latest collection of novellas, The River Swimmer , is Harrison at his most memorable: a brilliant rendering of two men striving to find their way in the world, written with freshness, abundant wit, and profound humanity.

In The Land of Unlikeness , sixty-year-old art history academic Clive--a failed artist, divorced and grappling with the vagaries of his declining years--reluctantly returns to his family's Michigan farmhouse to visit his aging mother. The return to familiar territory triggers a jolt of renewal--of ardor for his high school love, of his relationship with his estranged daughter, and of his own lost love of painting. In Water Baby , Harrison ventures into the magical as an Upper Peninsula farm boy is irresistibly drawn to the water as an escape, and sees otherworldly creatures there. Faced with the injustice and pressure of coming of age, he takes to the river and follows its siren song all the way across Lake Michigan.

The River Swimmer is a striking portrait of two richly-drawn, profoundly human characters, and an exceptional reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of the most cherished and important writers at work today.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press ; [S.l.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802120731
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 22 cm.

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ChristchurchLib Jun 17, 2013

"This stellar collection of novellas, written by one of the most beloved writers in America, provides profound insight into the human condition. A 60-year-old art history academic embarks on an unexpected journey of rediscovery; a dog catcher goes on the road looking for love, and a young Midwestern farm boy has a love of water which leads to unforeseen consequences." June 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=645214

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easychair
Mar 04, 2013

Excellent writer but too bawdy for me.

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