New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison is one
of America’s most beloved writers, and of all his creations, Brown Dog—a bawdy,
reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian—has earned cult status with readers
in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, Brown
Dog gathers all the Brown Dog novellas, including one never before published,
into one volume—the ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison’s
In these novellas, BD rescues the preserved body of an Indian
from Lake Superior’s cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while
just scraping by in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in search
of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native
children; and flees the authorities then returns across the Canadian border
aboard an Indian rock band’s tour bus. The collection culminates with “He Dog,” never before published, which
finds BD marginally employed and still looking for love (or sometimes just a
few beers and a roll in the hay) as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to
Montana and back, arriving home to the prospect of family stability, and,
perhaps, a chance at redemption.
Brown Dog underscores
Harrison’s place as one of America’s most irrepressible writers and one of the
finest practitioners of the novella form.
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