Uncle Ronald by Brian Doyle

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A 112-year-old man, Mickey recalls the summer, one hundred years ago, when he and his mother ran away from Mickey's abusive father and sought refuge in the Gatineau Hills with his Uncle Ronald, who comes up with an ingenious scheme to foil his father.

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Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon—the best university magazine in America, according to Newsweek, and “the best spiritual magazine in the country,” according to Annie Dillard.Doyle is the author of ten previous books: five collections of essays, two nonfiction books (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”), two collections of short prose, and the sprawling novel Mink River, which Publishers Weekly called an “original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of smalltown life.”Doyle is a four-time finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion, The American Scholar, and in newspapers and magazines around the world. His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies. Among various honors for his work are a Catholic Book Award, two Pushcart Prizes, and a 2008 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.He once made the all-star team in a Boston men's basketball league, and that was a really tough league. He lives near Portland, Oregon with his wife and children.
Published February 28, 1997 by Groundwood Books. 144 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Disconnected plot elements give this quirky tale from Doyle (Spud Sweetgrass, 1996, etc.) a superficial, slapdash air.

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