True North by Jim Harrison

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An epic tale that pits a son against the legacy of his family's desecration of the earth, and his own father's more personal violations, Jim Harrison's True North is a beautiful and moving novel that speaks to the territory in our hearts that calls us back to our roots.
The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at fourteen by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way. As David comes to adulthood-often guided and enlightened by the unforgettable, intractable, courageous women he loves-he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of the woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as the working people who made their wealth possible.
Jim Harrison has given us a family tragedy of betrayal, amends, and justice for the worst sins. True North is a bravura performance from one of our finest writers, accomplished with deep humanity, humor, and redemptive soul.

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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, 2004 by Grove, 2004. 404 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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In a narrative that moves by fits and starts from the mid-1960s through 1985, he chronicles his anguished search for religious faith, a series of failed relationships with women, and his 20-year struggle to turn his “project” into a meaningful, publishable account of what his relatives have done ...

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Then, after the advent of the '70s and some drifting, a short marriage, a few relationships that pass in the night, and more solidified bonds — the most successful with his dog Carla — David finds his "tunnel vision expanding to take in far more of the life around me that my mind had buried," and...

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And more waiting still — three decades worth — as the narrator, hardworking, mercurial and ever-conscientious David Burkett, sustains a resolve to confront and overcome forces both industrial and dysfunctional, to atone for the sins of his robber baron forefathers, and more personally, the transg...

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TRUE NORTH, Jim Harrison's new coming-of-age novel, is set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a place where Harrison has lived for many years.

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… This sprawling, rackety novel will not do a great deal for Jim Harrison’s reputation as a stylist, but in his portrait of a father and a son he has made an indelible addition to the gallery of literature’s ‘bad dads.’" Anthony Quinn Critical Summary "True North," says the Boston Globe, "ha...

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