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Philipp MeyerThe novel's appeal is in the characters and in Lynch's obvious love for them. Like Annie Proulx, he conveys a strong sense that we are Reading a Novel, that Lynch the writer, armed with his smart metaphors, is lurking right under the surface of his characters. Although its storytelling meanders a bit, Border Songs charms you into following along, rather than yanking you in. The quirkiness of the characters can be a little overwhelming, and it's occasionally difficult to tell how seriously we're meant to take them, but they remain engaging. In the end, they're what makes Lynch's novel such an enjoyable portrait of life along our northern edge.
—The New York Times Book Review