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With wry humour and real freshness, SNAPPER charts the disastrous love affair between career birdwatcher Nathan Lochmueller and the place that made him.Set in a brilliantly observed rural Indiana, 'the bastard son of the Midwest', SNAPPER is a book about birdwatching, a woman who won't stay true, and a pick-up truck that won't start. Here turtles eat alligators for breakfast, Klansmen skulk in the undergrowth, and truckers drop into the diner of a town named Santa Claus to ensure that no child's Christmas letter goes unanswered, while Nathan grapples with the eternal question: should I stay, or should I go? Kimberling's vision of small-town life is as characterful as Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, but bristling with the tensions of race, class, poverty and prejudice, it makes for a bracing more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 144 x 223 x 24mm | 368g
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Tinder Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0755396200
  • 9780755396207
  • 1,792,518

About Brian Kimberling

Brian Kimberling is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University. In the mid-nineties he was a research assistant for a major study of Indiana songbirds, an experience central to his first book, SNAPPER. Since then he has lived and worked in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Turkey and England. He began writing SNAPPER on the Bath Spa Creative Writing MA in 2009, and was awarded the first annual Janklow & Nesbit Prize for the best manuscript to emerge from the course. He lives in Bath with his wife and more

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Delightfully entertaining * Esquire * Brilliant... an absolute joy of a book. I predict big things for it * Scott Pack, Me and My Big Mouth * A total gem... you can't fail to love it * Bazaar on Books * Funny and Adroit Fiction * @MargaretAtwood * Sharp, redolent and powerful * The Sunday Times * Captivating... Snapper could do for birdwatchers what Annie Proulx did for small-town newspaper reporters and gay cowboys * Independent on Sunday * Superb... always engaging, sometimes beautiful and often funny * Daily Telegraph *show more

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1,827 ratings
3.23 out of 5 stars
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4 29% (530)
3 40% (732)
2 17% (314)
1 4% (72)
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