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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Harrison Narrator: Kirsten Potter, Lloyd James, Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jim Harrison’s numerous works have established him as one of the most beloved and popular authors in American fiction. His novel The English Major was a National Indie Bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Title, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. This collection of novellas finds him writing at the height of his powers—and in fresh and audacious new directions.

The three stories in The Farmer’s Daughter are as different as they are unforgettable. Written in the voice of a home-schooled fifteen-year-old girl in rural Montana, the title novella is an uncompromising, beautiful tale of an extraordinary character whose youth intersects with unexpected brutality and the reserves she must draw on to make herself whole. In another, Harrison’s beloved recurring character Brown Dog, still looking for love, escapes from Canada back to the States on the tour bus of an Indian rock band called Thunderskins. And finally, a retired werewolf, misdiagnosed with a rare blood disorder brought on by the bite of a Mexican hummingbird, attempts to lead a normal life but is nevertheless plagued by hazy, feverish episodes of epic lust, physical appetite, athletic exertions, and outbursts of violence under the full moon.

The Farmer’s Daughter is a memorable portrait of three decidedly unconventional American lives. With wit, poignancy, and an unbounded love for his characters, Jim Harrison has again reminded us why he is one of the most cherished and important authors at work today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Don’t be fooled by the trout, the dogs, the pickup trucks, the whiskey, the cowboys and Indians, and the war stories. Beneath the rugged trappings of Jim Harrison’s manly fiction hides the tensile, scorch-proof frame of the red-hot romance, whose heroes are totems of an idealized, brute masculinity...if there’s one thing Harrison knows, it’s how to teach his characters to share his sensual hunger and relish their role in his supernaturally charged natural world.”

    New York Times

  • “Like many of Harrison’s heroes, these are people existing on the margins of society, both geographically and psychologically—and yet, despite their obvious on-the-surface differences, each are linked by the loneliness and alienation that comes with living the life of an outlier...These are all characters worth meeting, and Harrison introduces them with extraordinary eloquence, compassion and wit.”

    San Francisco Chroncle

  • “Harrison’s fiction…is rooted in a deep connection with nature and infused with passion for the vast wilds of America…Always as exhilarating as a breath of fresh air.”


  • “Harrison shows he is still at the top of his game with these compressed gems. Taken together, they present another fine accomplishment in a storied career.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue | 2/7/2014

    " I love Jim Harrison's writing; booze, sex, & the people in small towns - these short stories made for perfect vacation reading. The girls in the first story could have been raised in my small hometown and the Indian in the second could have been my prom date! The last story in particular had me laughing out loud and reading lines to my daughter. Harrison writes a believable story about a young kid that is bitten by a hummingbird, then a wolf pup and develops some type of blood disorder which causes him to become very strong, develop a ferocious appetite and have 'seizures' about two days a month when there is a full moon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vicki | 1/31/2014

    " Loved the first of the three stories in this collection. He is a very prolific writer that I am just starting to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Karli | 1/29/2014

    " I love the titles this author uses, but this book turned me off to the point I will never pick up anything by this author again. The characters do feel real, but I found them impossible to connect to, and found the situations of each of the novellas varying degrees of ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 1/13/2014

    " There are 3 different, unconnected novellas in this. Farmer's daughter is the first and what caught my eye (as a farmer's daughter). I connected with this story and appreciated it. The other 2 stories had male central characters with one being an alcoholic Native American and the other a male with werewolf tendencies. They share a belief that connecting with nature is the way to be your true self. Montana is also a locale used in all three stories. "

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