• River Swimmer See large image

    River Swimmer (Hardback) By (author) Jim Harrison

    $17.78 - Save $4.81 21% off - RRP $22.59 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 2 business days
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    Description* Jim Harrison is one of America's most beloved and critically-acclaimed authors--on a par with American literary greats like Richard Ford, Anne Tyler, Robert Stone, Russell Banks, and Ann Beattie. His latest collection of novellas, The River Swimmer, is Harrison at his most memorable: a brilliant rendering of two men striving to find their way in the world, written with freshness, abundant wit, and profound humanity. In The 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 creatures there. Faced with the injustice 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 is a striking portrait of two richly-drawn, profoundly human characters, and an exceptional reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of the most cherished and important writers at work today.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for River Swimmer

    Title
    River Swimmer
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jim Harrison
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 198
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802120731
    ISBN 10: 0802120733
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC E4L: SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FYB
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    DC22: 813.54
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    DC22: 813/.54
    LC subject heading: , ,
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 81
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000, FIC019000
    B&T Approval Code: P26103630
    LC classification: PS3558.A67 R58 2013
    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
    Imprint name
    Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
    Publication date
    19 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jim Harrison is the author of over thirty books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including "Legends of the Fall," "The Road Home," "Returning to Earth," and "The Summer He Didn't Die." A member of American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty-seven languages. Harrison lives in Montana and Arizona.
    Review quote
    Praise for "The River Swimmer" "In his fiction, especially, [Harrison has] hit a deep groove. His meditations on mortality are blended with an antic wit. . . . Mr. Harrison's new book, "The River Swimmer" . . . contains some of the best writing of his career. Both novellas burn brightly with what he calls, at one point, 'unmitigated cupidity, ' not for money or possessions but for life and experience. . . . He is among the most indelible American novelists of the last hundred years . . . Mr. Harrison contains multitudes; like a good rabbit liver pate, there is a lot of him to spread around. . . . If "The River Swimmer" is any indication, he remains at the height of his powers."--Dwight Garner, "The New York Times" "Trenchant and visionary . . . Harrison is a writer of the body, which he celebrates as the ordinary, essential and wondrous instrument by which we measure the world. Without it, there is no philosophy. And with it, of course, philosophy can be a rocky test. . . . I could feel Jim Harrison grinning . . . in his glorious novella "The River Swimmer.""--Ron Carlson, "The New York Times Book Review" "[Harrison] has crafted gorgeous and wry sentences out of the quiet raging against the indignities and infirmities of age. And, in Clive, he has created another indelible and soulful rascal. . . . Harrison is one of our greatest voices of aging both clumsily and well and of teasing out hope amid sentimentality and dread."--Ian Crouch, "The Boston Globe " "You can't escape your true nature, Jim Harrison's two new novellas assert. . . . Here, he's achieved a mood that approximates in modern terms the tranquility of Shakespeare's late romances. The existential uncertainties that always animate Harrison's fiction are not so much resolved as accepted for what they are: the basic fabric of existence, from which we pluck as much happiness as we can."--Wendy Smith, "The Washington Post" "[Harrison's] latest book of novellas . . .deepens