Harrison's latest collection of novellas is a brilliant
rendering of two men striving to find their way in the world, written
with freshness, abundant wit, and profound humanity.
Land of Unlikeness,
sixty-year-old art history academic Clive—a failed artist,
divorced and grappling with the vagaries of his declining
years—reluctantly returns to his family’s Michigan
farmhouse to visit his aging mother. The return to familiar territory
triggers a jolt of renewal—of ardor for his high school love,
of his relationship with his estranged daughter, and of his own lost
love of painting.
|In Water Baby,
Harrison ventures into the magical as an Upper Peninsula farm boy is
irresistibly drawn to the water as an escape, and sees otherworldly
and pressure of coming of age, he takes to the river and follows its
siren song all the way across Lake Michigan.
The River Swimmer
by Jim Harrison
Grove Press, 2013
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