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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (856 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Harrison Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this sequel to Harrison’s True North, Donald Burkett, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. While his wife, Cynthia, transcribes, Donald begins dictating his family history for the benefit of their children, stories that he never before has shared.

As old crimes, dreams, wounds, and sacred moments are revived for the members of Donald’s family, each is affected in different and profound ways. Each will describe in his or her own voice the inner journey catalyzed by Donald’s death and legacy.

This is a deeply moving book about origins and endings, about honoring life, honoring the dead, and finding redemption in unlikely places.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Harrison’s characters speak with a gripping frankness and intimacy about their own shortcomings and delve into their grief with keen sympathy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The exceptional cast…presents [Donald’s] story, sometimes harshly, sometimes tenderly, but always unsentimentally and truthfully…In this beautiful, spiritual book, the narrators offer impressive performances, bringing a welcome clarity to each human moment.”


  • “Harrison sounds the themes he has been working out over the course of his long and prolific career, including the healing power of nature and the deep connection between the sensual and the spiritual…Harrison displays a seemingly effortless ability to present abstract issues in earthy, muscular prose.”


  • “Gracefully moving…Living a good life and dying a good death are big themes but Harrison comes at these subjects with a unique storytelling subtlety.”


  • “The structure of the book lends itself well to a spoken version, and Blackstone Audio has splurged in its production, using a different narrator for each of the four parts/characters of the work.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Howard | 2/15/2014

    " I have read a handful of Harrison's work and love his wit...this book was OK....a dying mans life and effect are viewed through the eyes of those around him...a few too many characters...drags in the middle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janet | 2/14/2014

    " This is a story about living and dying from many points of view. The Native American perspective was insightful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alisa | 2/12/2014

    " I may have been happier with this book if I hadn't read in it short 15 minute pre-bedtime chunks. It's slow going and it took me a long time to get into it. I just didn't really care about any of the characters or narrators, though the voices were certainly distinct. Meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by MattA | 2/1/2014

    " Highly recommend reading True North before this book. I wouldn't necessarily call this a sequel to True North but some of the characters carry over. "

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