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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,098 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Lynch Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed author Jim Lynch sets Border Songs along a thirty-mile strip of Washington state and British Columbia.

When severely dyslexic Brandon Vanderkool is forced to join the Border Patrol, he learns the border is a haven for illegal drug smugglers and other criminals. Meanwhile, disease has struck his father’s herd, and his mother is battling something even more debilitating. Each will have to fight for hope in a world changing too fast.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Has the kind of ambling, provincial whimsy found in Richard Russo’s small-town tales and the hard-bitten optimism that colors Larry McMurtry’s…A gifted and original novelist.”

    New York Times

  • “Lynch portrays Brandon with such tenderness and humor that you can’t help but fall in love with him…A moving, optimistic rebuttal of our paranoia.”

    Washington Post

  • “Lynch digs into the strange culture of a US-Canada border town in his lush second novel…Lynch’s depiction of the natural world and his deep sympathy for his characters carry the book…majestic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Another engaging, even heartwarming, encounter with the quirky individualists populating the nation’s upper-left-hand corner…Every character in Lynch’s tale is memorable, each etched with distinctive lines and endearing idiosyncrasies.”


  • “This might sound like an offbeat, aw-shucks comedy or a setup for  social tragedy, but, remarkably, Lynch does something different. Playing on our current fears, he shows us that the divides among people aren’t good, then  offers a tenderly convincing ending that’s not sentimental.”

    Library Journal

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month of June 2009
  • Selected for the July 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bemilly | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, in part because it is set in an area of the Northwest that I am familiar with - my auntie lives in Bellingham and I've been across the border quite a few times because my grandmother lived in Vancouver, BC. Parts of this story made me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Northshire Bookstore | 2/17/2014

    " The character of Brandon in "Border Songs" is a marvelous example of what Jim Lynch does best. This is a character written from the soul of one who understands and can communicate the shimmering mind and heart of someone who has special perceptions. Brandon shines through the complex plot and intricate character relationships to make this a truly wonderful and thoughtful novel. -- Karen F. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meghan | 2/15/2014

    " What a wacky, fun, sad, poignant, touching surprise of a book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Letha | 2/13/2014

    " I've been watching a Canadian series called "Intelligence," which is a tangled story of cops and drug smugglers. Without any intent on my part (other than to read another book by the incomparable Jim Lynch), I have now read a book about the border patrol in the area where "Intelligence" is set. Both are well worth the time. "

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