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Border Songs (Vintage Contemporaries)
Border Songs (Vintage Contemporaries)
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Author: Lynch, Jim

Brand: Vintage

Color: Sky/Pale blue

Edition: 1

Number Of Pages: 304

Release Date: 13-07-2010

Details: Product Description Set in the previously sleepy hinterlands straddling Washington state and British Columbia, Border Songs is the story of Brandon Vanderkool, six foot eight, frequently tongue-tied, severely dyslexic, and romantically inept. Passionate about bird-watching, Brandon has a hard time mustering enthusiasm for his new job as a Border Patrol agent guarding thirty miles of largely invisible boundary. But to everyone’s surprise, he excels at catching illegal immigrants, and as drug runners, politicians, surveillance cameras, and a potential sweetheart flock to this scrap of land, Brandon is suddenly at the center of something much bigger than himself.   A magnificent novel of birding, smuggling, farming and extraordinary love, Border Songs welcomes us to a changing community populated with some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction. Review “[ Border Songs] has the kind of ambling, provincial whimsy found in Richard Russo's small-town tales and the hard-bitten optimism that colors Larry McMurtry's. . . . A gifted and original novelist.” — The New York Times “Wonderfully quirky, all-too-human, tender and uproarious. . . .  His characters are achingly real and remarkably communal in their shared sense of one another. . . . This is a splendid, funny, remarkable novel.” — Providence Journal “A beautifully written novel, hilarious and tender, with rich descriptive passages. . . . A joyful song to the survival of nature and the young at heart.” — The Washington Times   “Wonderful. . . .  Lynch portrays Brandon with such tenderness and humor that you can’t help but fall in love with him. . . .  Tender, sad and leavened with wit.” — The Washington Post “One of the more inventive and unique novels of recent years. . . . A book that goes by all too quickly.” — The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review   “ Border Songs charms. . . . An enjoyable portrait of life along our northern edge.” — The New York Times Book Review   “ Border Songs is a fable of innocence lost, or at least misplaced, and Brandon is one of the most remarkable characters created by a Northwest author in recent memory. . . . Lynch observes like a journalist and writes like a poet. . . . [He] brings a depth of knowledge and an attention to detail that should be the envy of more ivory-tower writers.” — The Seattle Times   “Beautifully written. . . . A wonderful story.” —Newark Star-Ledger   “A narrative tilt-a-whirl.” — The Plain Dealer   “It takes a special kind of wordsmith to create a character like Brandon—and, indeed, to craft his whole supporting cast, who are by turns ordinary and ornery (in a way that might remind you of Northern Exposure). . . . [Lynch’s] turns of phrase are as light as a feather, but so precise and purposeful that you’ll quickly find yourself buoyed by the vistas they show you.” — Louisville Courier-Journal   “ Border Songs sings. . . . Vanderkool is just one memorable character among many.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch   “Rich [and] imaginative. . . . Written with humor, striking imagery, and colorful characters, Border Songs is a winning novel that satirizes the United States government’s concern about terrorism and unsafe borders. . . . Quirky, funny, fresh, and lyrical, Border Songs will win over just about any reader.” — New West Book Review   “A sort of Empire Falls along the 49th parallel where failing farms and sleepy towns are being crowded out by tribal casinos and upscale subdivisions. [ Border Songs] is fascinatingly close look at the confluence of small-town life, the global drug trade and illegal immigration, and it places Jim Lynch at the forefront of Northwest writers to watch.” — Willamette Week   “Delightful.” — The Dallas Morning News   “Enthralling. . . . A startling look at this country’s far Northwest corner with a compelling cast of oddballs. . . . Lynch’s deep empathy for his characters, no matter how off-kilter, is . . . powerful.” —The Daily Beast   “A free-ranging tale that brings together th

EAN: 9780307456267

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew