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Brown Dog is a living, breathing, riveting character, flawed and compelling as all get out. He is also our animal nature and the art that makes us human, which isn’t to say that he rises above that nature, because there is no distinction. We are of our world. BD adventures through the woods of Michigan and the wilds of Los Angeles, eating, drinking and flirting. Harrison is, quite literally, a poet, which doesn’t get in the way. It just means that his words have extraordinary power. In the case of Brown Dog, instead of the description “Collected Novellas”, we should use that old fashioned label, “A Treasury”.
— Sara, Atlanta
"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