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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Harrison Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“It used to be Cliff and Vivian and now it isn't.” With these words, Jim Harrison begins a riotous, moving novel that sends a sixty-something man on a quest of self-rediscovery. Newly divorced and robbed of his farm by his real-estate shark of an ex-wife, Cliff is off on a road trip across America, on a mission to rename all the states and state birds to overcome the banal names men have given them.

Cliff's adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student from his high school teaching days twenty-some years before, to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and to the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer. A map of a man’s journey into—and out of—himself, The English Major is vintage Harrison: reflective, big-picture American, and replete with wicked wit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s never too early to put aside a great Father’s Day gift. Wives and daughters of America: For your reading Papa, this ribald, questing, utterly charming and Zen-serious novel about being male, sixty and (well, almost) alone, is the book of the year. Guys, if you can’t wait to get going, you ought to just plunk down your money…right away and follow Cliff’s trail.”

    Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio Book Reviews

  • “This ribald, questing, utterly charming and Zen-serious novel about being male, sixty, and (well, almost) alone, is the book of the year.”

    National Public Radio Book Reviews

  • “Funny, spirited…Harrison is consistently witty and engaging.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This story of a man who gives up the farm and wanders the country is a wonderful piece of work. Narrator Mark Bramhall is the epitome of the rural farmer. His voice, his inflections, his astonishment at the ways of city folk make it easy to ride with Cliff on an American road trip…Bramhall’s sometimes hushed tones mask the character’s world of torment and desire to scream out loud.”


  • “Harrison creates a complex character…while also capturing the wonders of the natural environment.”


  • A 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cathy | 2/15/2014

    " Harrison only gets better and better. I loved this transparently autobiographical novel of a "old geexer" rediscovering himself, warts and all. I did not want this to end - I would relish a sequal. Are all guys like this? Even when they age? Made me look at my husband differently... I love that Cliff took pictures of cows on his cross country trip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary | 2/7/2014

    " red neck from Michigan travels to CA and AZ via car stopping in all states in between to throw puzzle pieces out the window. Guy is obsessed with his male anatomy (four letter word starts with D) or maybe all guys are like this and we just don't know their thoughts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margie Zylstra | 1/20/2014

    " My first experience reading a book written from a man's perspective. Loved the Michigan references. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 1/8/2014

    " AKA 'Sex and the Road Trip'. Former English teacher, Cliff, drives around the country to different states, hoping to eventually visit all the states, shedding puzzle pieces from an old puzzle map of all the states, as he leaves each state. Meanwhile he can't keep his mind off the opposite sex. Flirting with watresses in the diners etc. Amusing. "

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