Snapper by Brian Kimberling

72%

6 Critic Reviews

At the same time as being down-to-earth and humorous, Snapper is suffused with a certain melancholy, and it is Kimberling's expert balancing of all these elements that allows the novel's insights – into who we are and where we come from – to hit home.
-Guardian

Synopsis

A great, hilarious new voice in fiction: the poignant, all-too-human recollections of an affable bird researcher in the Indiana backwater as he goes through a disastrous yet heartening love affair with the place and its people.
 
Nathan Lochmueller studies birds, earning just enough money to live on. He drives a glitter-festooned truck, the Gypsy Moth, and he is in love with Lola, a woman so free-spirited and mysterious she can break a man’s heart with a sigh or a shrug. Around them swirls a remarkable cast of characters: the proprietor of Fast Eddie’s Burgers & Beer, the genius behind “Thong Thursdays”; Uncle Dart, a Texan who brings his swagger to Indiana with profound and nearly devastating results; a snapping turtle with a taste for thumbs; a German shepherd who howls backup vocals; and the very charismatic state of Indiana itself. And at the center of it all is Nathan, creeping through the forest to observe the birds he loves and coming to terms with the accidental turns his life has taken.


This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.  

 

About Brian Kimberling

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BRIAN KIMBERLING grew up in southern Indiana and spent two years working as a professional birdwatcher before living in the Czech Republic, Turkey, Mexico, and now England. He received an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University in 2010.


Author Residence: Bath, UK


Author Hometown: Southern Indiana
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 21 2013

We learn about Lola’s romantic wanderings but not enough to suggest their full impact on Nathan, and while Nathan’s emotional evolution in the closing story is a pleasant surprise, it's a jarring one—a more intricately structured tale could give his character more resonance.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy on Aug 31 2013

At the same time as being down-to-earth and humorous, Snapper is suffused with a certain melancholy, and it is Kimberling's expert balancing of all these elements that allows the novel's insights – into who we are and where we come from – to hit home.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Petra Mayer on Apr 23 2013

Kimberling's language can occasionally veer off into faux-folksy territory — at one point he describes an Indiana tornado as God's spinach bowl, if God were a toddler who didn't like spinach.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Stevie Godson on Apr 16 2013

Gently amusing in parts and filled with entertaining absurdities, Snapper by Brian Kimberling is not hilarious—and it’s all the better for it.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Weston Cutter on Apr 20 2013

Brian Kimberling’s “Snapper” is a phenomenal book, quietly profound and as entertaining as any book I’ve read in the past five years. More startling, it’s a coming-of-age story by a debut novelist.

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Washington Times

Good
Reviewed by Corinna Lothar on Jun 07 2013

He has given his readers a book of quixotic charm. Fact or fiction, “Snapper” is a delight.

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