The Summer He Didn’t Die

Jim Harrison

Lloyd James (Narrator) and Marguerite Gavin (Narrator)

10-01-05

8hrs 8min

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Unabridged

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Fiction/Literary

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10-01-05

8hrs 8min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Literary

Description

“Harrison’s command of the novella form is as impressive as the range of his voices…this set of short fictions shifts pitch-perfect perspectives effortlessly, with a lightness that belies its depth.” Publishers Weekly

A 2005 Story Prize for Short Fiction Finalist

Celebrated author Jim Harrison, whose robust, tender, and deeply felt books have made their mark on the American literary landscape, here delivers a collection of three novellas infused with all the wisdom and generous spirit that have made him a master writer.

In the title novella, “The Summer He Didn’t Die,” Brown Dog, a hapless Michigan Indian, is trying to parent his two stepchildren on meager resources; it helps that his charms are irresistible to the new dentist in town.

“Republican Wives” is a riotous satire on the sexual neuroses of the political right and the irrational nature of love—which, when thwarted, can easily turn into an urge to murder.

“Tracking” gives the author’s life story as a tale of the places that have marked it.

With wit as sharp as ever and prose as lush as any Harrison has yet written, The Summer He Didn’t Die is a joyful ode to our journey on this earth.

Praise

“Harrison’s command of the novella form is as impressive as the range of his voices…this set of short fictions shifts pitch-perfect perspectives effortlessly, with a lightness that belies its depth.” Publishers Weekly

“Harrison’s earthy prose, uniquely evocative of place, is economical, precise, and hearty, and is sometimes startling in its ability to touch on core truths.” Booklist

“Touching…Showcases the ability to get inside women’s heads that’s always distinguished Harrison from his muy macho peers…[An] emotionally truthful self-portrait.” Kirkus Reviews

“Somewhere in that big literary acreage staked out by Thoreau, Hemingway, and Hunter Thompson is a chunk of space for Jim Harrison.” Playboy

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Language English
Release Day Sep 30, 2005
Release Date October 1, 2005
Release Date Machine 1128124800
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Anthologies & Short Stories, Literary Fiction, New Additions, New Additions, Fiction - All, Fiction - Adult
Author Bio
Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison (1937–2016) was the author of over thirty-five books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, The English Major, and The Farmer’s Daughter. His writing appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and the New York Times. He earned a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Spirit of the West Award from the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association. His work has been recognized worldwide and published in twenty-two languages.

Narrator Bio
Lloyd James

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been a working professional actor in theater, film, television, and voice-overs for more than thirty years. He has narrated over one thousand audiobooks and won numerous Earphones Awards and nominations for the Audie Award and the Voice Arts Award. He holds a BFA degree in acting from Santa Fe University, New Mexico. 

Marguerite Gavin

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. She has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”

Overview

A 2005 Story Prize for Short Fiction Finalist

Celebrated author Jim Harrison, whose robust, tender, and deeply felt books have made their mark on the American literary landscape, here delivers a collection of three novellas infused with all the wisdom and generous spirit that have made him a master writer.

In the title novella, “The Summer He Didn’t Die,” Brown Dog, a hapless Michigan Indian, is trying to parent his two stepchildren on meager resources; it helps that his charms are irresistible to the new dentist in town.

“Republican Wives” is a riotous satire on the sexual neuroses of the political right and the irrational nature of love—which, when thwarted, can easily turn into an urge to murder.

“Tracking” gives the author’s life story as a tale of the places that have marked it.

With wit as sharp as ever and prose as lush as any Harrison has yet written, The Summer He Didn’t Die is a joyful ode to our journey on this earth.

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