The Farmer's Daughter by Jim Harrison

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Jim Harrison's fifteen works of fiction have established him as one of the most beloved and popular authors in American fiction. His last novel, The English Major, was a National Indie Bestseller, a New York Times Book Review notable, and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. Harrison's latest collection of novellas, The Farmer's Daughter, 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.

About Jim Harrison

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Jim Harrison is the author of over thirty books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, Returning to Earth, and The Summer He Didn't Die. A member of American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty-seven languages. Harrison lives in Montana and Arizona.
Published January 1, 2010 by House of Anansi. 308 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This dark yet radiant tale views his affliction as simply an extreme example of the human condition: “That is us in our wild play.” Elusive, allusive and moving—perhaps the author’s best work in this form since Legends of the Fall (1979).

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In the title story of this new book, he chivalrously seeks both vigilante and poetic justice for his precocious heroine, a tall, busty teenager named Sarah, who grows up in the 1980s in rural Montana, “where the passage between girl and woman is a short voyage.” Neglected by her taciturn father a...

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Add to this the 15-year-old Sarah's recreational reading list - Tristram Shandy, Men of Mathematics, the poems of Wallace Stevens and Hart Crane (made even more implausible by the fact she'd been home-schooled for years by her simple and sanctimonious fundamentalist Christian mother) - combined w...

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Oregon Live

(Oregon readers also may be curious to see a real Portland poet, Trevino Brings Plenty, quoted by a friend of B.D.'s: "Alive in America is all we are.") The final novella, "The Games of Night," is more myth than fiction, more melodrama than comedy, and more magic than real, as Harrison turns to ...

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Tampa Bay Times

Saturday, January 16, 2010 3:30amI n The Farmer's Daughter, Jim Harrison writes of the consequences of disaster and desire in the lives of three very different people: a fierce girl growing up on a Montana ranch, a quixotic American Indian with lusty appetites, and a refined, wealthy and thoughtf...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Jim Harrison is an American poet and novelist, and he is particularly noted for his novella collections.

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Chicago Tribune

As squabbling increases among those who know and ignorance blossoms among the unread, our country seems to be lurching toward a new variety of disarray and duality, the kind of country that John Dos Passos remarks on in his neglected but important trilogy USA—in an historical vignette about the S...

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