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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Drummond, Brian Doyle Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Like Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood and Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Brian Doyle’s stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.

In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast, there are love affairs and almost-love affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud, and laughter. There’s a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman who is addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer, and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime is committed, and there’s an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born, a car is cut in half with a saw, and a river confesses what it’s thinking.

This is the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice. When the book ends, listeners will be more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Award-winning essayist Doyle writes with an inventive and seductive style that echoes that of ancient storytellers. This lyrical mix of natural history, poetry, and Salish and Celtic lore offers crime, heartaches, celebrations, healing, and death. Readers who appreciate modern classics like Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio or William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying will find much to savor here. Enthusiastically recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Community is the beating heart of this fresh, memorable debut with an omniscient narrator and dozens of characters living in Neawanaka, a small coastal Oregon town…The fantastical blends with the natural elements in this original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of small-town life that profits from the oral traditions of the town’s population of Native Americans and Irish immigrants. Those intrigued by the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest will treasure every lyrical sentence.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[T]his tale is quintessential North Coast, but in its sensibility and lilt this story is as Irish as tin whistles—and the pairing is an unprecedented delight. This thing reads like an Uilleann pipe tour de force by a Sligo County maestro…I’ve read no Northwest novel remotely like it and enjoyed few novels more…Mink River sings and sings.”

    David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why

  • “Absolutely in the tradition of Northwest literature, richly imagined, distinctive, beautiful…I was pulled along steadily, my heart raced, I held my breath.

    Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses and The Jump-Off Creek

  • “The prosaic and the spiritual merge in a portrait of life in a small Oregon town. Doyle’s debut novel makes heavy demands on the reader’s capacity to suspend disbelief: In the Pacific Coast village of Neawanaka, a crow is an intimate confidante; a bear kindly steps in to save a human life; and the nature of time is somehow lurking in the nearby mountains.The humans who inhabit this place are earthbound folk, though, and Doyle’s main point is to show how the mystical can influence otherwise ordinary lives.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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