Brown Dog

Brown Dog


Book - 2013
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"Among the most indelible American novelists of the last hundred years. . . . [Harrison] remains at the height of his powers."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times on The River Swimmer

New York Times best-selling author Jim Harrison is one of America's most beloved writers, and of all his creations, Brown Dog, a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian, has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, Brown Dog gathers all the Brown Dog novellas, including one never-published one, into one volume--the ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison's irresistible Everyman.

In these novellas, BD rescues the preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior's cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while just scraping by in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in search of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native children; and flees the authorities, then returns across the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock band's tour bus. The collection culminates with He Dog, never before published, which finds BD marginally employed and still looking for love (or sometimes just a few beers and a roll in the hay), as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to Montana and back, arriving home to the prospect of family stability and, perhaps, a chance at redemption.

Brown Dog underscores Harrison's place as one of America's most irrepressible writers, and one of the finest practitioners of the novella form.

Praise for Jim Harrison's Brown Dog:

"There is broad comedy in the writing, but also tenderness, and never a moment when the reader isn't rooting for Brown Dog to get it right. . . . We would all be the poorer if deprived of Jim Harrison's first-rate stories."-- The New York Times Book Review on The Summer He Didn't Die

"Brown Dog, an old friend to fans of Harrison, . . . boasts the rare ability to reject the frills and artificial complexities of modern life and keep to the basics. . . . Like reading a book describing dear friends."-- Miami Herald on The Farmer's Daughter

"A 21st-century version of Huck Finn."-- The Charleston Gazette on The Farmer's Daughter
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780802120113
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAR
Characteristics: 525 p. ; 24 cm.


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ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 14, 2018

Original and charming. Told sometimes in 1st and sometimes in 3rd person, the main character Brown Dog is so good-hearted, so competent in the forest, so sweet, I came out of my comfort zone and even got a kick out of his obsession with women and sex.

Jul 20, 2015

Not funny and didn't hold my interest beyond about 25 pages.

Feb 08, 2014

This is a compilation of six novellas written over a period of thirteen years. All the novellas center around Brown Dog, a ne'er do well citizen of the UP of Michigan. Because of first-rate writing, you will come to know, admire, and maybe envy Brown Dog.

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