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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"This collection of novellas is amazing in their diversity. Republican wives, a down-and-out Native American trying to care for his step children, and a fictionalized autobiographical narrative. My favorite was the last. All show his humor and passion for life.
Lauren (4 out of 5 stars)