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The Summer He Didn't Die

By Jim Harrison

The Summer He Didn't Die
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2005,
    288 pages.

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Three novellas that celebrate life, wit, and family in all its forms. In the title novella, "The Summer He Didn't Die," Harrison resurrects his beloved character Brown Dog. "Republican Wives" is basically a comic take on the sexual neuroses of the subject and examining the mystery of why we desire each other... The third novella, "Where Are We?" has its origin in Harrison's feeling after writing Off to the Side that he had left out much of the "juiciest, sensuous, and sensual material.

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'An appealing if not altogether essential work' - Library Journal.
'Harrison's admirers will find minor pleasures here, while waiting for the next novel.' - Kirkus.
'Shifts pitch-perfect perspectives effortlessly, with a lightness that belies its depth.' - PW.

Comment: On some pre-publication material this book was titled 'Republican Wives' - so if you're looking for 'Republican Wives' and cannot find it - this is it!

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Jim Harrison Author Biography

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Jim Harrison has spent much of his life in Michigan on a farm near where he was born. His connection to rural landscapes is evident in his free-verse, imagistic poetry, which often explores human and animal drives set against an unforgiving natural world.

Educated at Michigan State University, Harrison taught briefly at SUNY Stony Brook. After the publication of his first collection of poetry, Plain Song (1965), he returned to Michigan, where he worked as a freelance journalist and laborer until he began to earn a living from his writing.

Harrison has published more than a dozen collections of poetry and has also built a reputation as a fiction writer, publishing numerous novels and collections. His book Legends of the Fall (1979), received considerable critical acclaim and was made into...

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