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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Harrison Narrator: Lloyd James, Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Celebrated author Jim Harrison, whose robust, tender, and deeply felt books have made their mark on the American literary landscape, here delivers a collection of three novellas infused with all the wisdom and generous spirit that have made him a master writer.

In the title novella, “The Summer He Didn’t Die,” Brown Dog, a hapless Michigan Indian, is trying to parent his two stepchildren on meager resources; it helps that his charms are irresistible to the new dentist in town.

“Republican Wives” is a riotous satire on the sexual neuroses of the political right and the irrational nature of love—which, when thwarted, can easily turn into an urge to murder.

“Tracking” gives the author’s life story as a tale of the places that have marked it.

With wit as sharp as ever and prose as lush as any Harrison has yet written, The Summer He Didn’t Die is a joyful ode to our journey on this earth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Harrison’s command of the novella form is as impressive as the range of his voices…this set of short fictions shifts pitch-perfect perspectives effortlessly, with a lightness that belies its depth.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Harrison’s earthy prose, uniquely evocative of place, is economical, precise, and hearty, and is sometimes startling in its ability to touch on core truths.”


  • “Touching…Showcases the ability to get inside women’s heads that’s always distinguished Harrison from his muy macho peers…[An] emotionally truthful self-portrait.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Somewhere in that big literary acreage staked out by Thoreau, Hemingway, and Hunter Thompson is a chunk of space for Jim Harrison.”


  • A 2005 Story Prize for Short Fiction Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth Gowdy | 11/22/2013

    " Terrific writer, takes you there and goes inside. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 8/14/2013

    " Not the best Jim Harrison I've read, but still a lively book with vivid characters. The title novella is both funny & moving, and "Republican Wives" is a hoot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Saxon Bennett | 7/15/2013

    " more short stories. i hadn't read jim harrison before, but this sampling made me want to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherry (sethurner) | 12/15/2012

    " I'm not sure how to categorize this book. Novellas? Short stories? I suppose it doesn't matter, because each one is a jewel. Love and loss in the UP, that about sums it up. Harrison is a wonderful writer. "

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