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Julip
     

Julip

by Jim Harrison
 

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In three novellas, Jim Harrison takes us on an American journey as he leads us through the wondrous landscape of the human heart. "Julip" follows a bright and resourceful young woman as she tries to spring her brother from a Florida jail—he shot three of her former lovers "below the belt." "The Seven-Ounce Man" continues the picaresque adventures of Brown Dog, a

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In three novellas, Jim Harrison takes us on an American journey as he leads us through the wondrous landscape of the human heart. "Julip" follows a bright and resourceful young woman as she tries to spring her brother from a Florida jail—he shot three of her former lovers "below the belt." "The Seven-Ounce Man" continues the picaresque adventures of Brown Dog, a Michigan scoundrel who loves to eat, drink, and chase women, all while sailing along in the bottom 10 percent. "The Beige Dolorosa" is the haunting tale of an academic who, recovering from the repercussions of a sexual harassment scandal, turns to the natural world for solace. In each of these stories, the irresistible pull of nature becomes a magnificent backdrop for exploring the toughest questions about life and love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Harrison's latest effort is a collection of three novellas: the title story, about a young woman's attempt to free her brother from jail; the adventures of a womanizing drunkard; and a sexual harassment victim who finds solitude in nature. (May)
Library Journal
The protagonists in this collection of three novellas are spunky aberrants who remain appealing despite their sometimes reprehensible behavior. Julip, whose name suggests the blending of a spring flower with an alcoholic drink, is a fascinating mixture of waiflike innocence and jaded sexuality. Brown Dog, seen earlier in The Woman Lit by Fireflies ( LJ 6/1/90) and revived now in "The Seven Ounce Man,'' was born "not to cooperate with the world,'' and lurches unsteadily from barroom brawls to protests against the desecration of Indian burial grounds. In "The Beige Dolorosa'' a politically incorrect college professor attacks an "ecocircus'' mime but seeks personal salvation by renaming the birds of America. Richly allusive and wickedly funny, Harrison's book offers three delightful studies of unique individuals battling inventively against society's demands for conformity.-- Albert E. Wilhelm, Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville
Donna Seaman
Harrison, a master of the novella, has crafted three clever, convoluted, and riveting portraits of coruscant personalities. The title piece is about a "vivid" young woman named Julip who has been surrounded by maniacs of one kind or another her entire life, from her alcoholic father and chilly mother to her certifiable brother and nymphomaniac cousin. Tough, resourceful, kind, and well versed in the ludicrousness of life, Julip trains dogs and finds solace in reading Emily Dickinson. In the second novella, "The Seven-Ounce Man," we meet a man called Brown Dog. Although he prefers the rhythm of nature to the craziness of humanity, Brown Dog cannot stay out of trouble. Haphazard, cock-driven, and generous, he bumbles his way through a sequence of hilarious goof-ups that, ultimately, get him tangled up with a radical American Indian rights group. And, finally, in the third novella, which manages to be both charming and scathing, an English professor works his way out of a nervous collapse brought on by a surfeit of political correctness. Like Julip and Brown Dog, Phillip achieves peace of mind through proximity to nature and a gleeful surrender to fate. In each of these ingenious, funny, and absorbing tales, Harrison muses over the fact that while other people can be veritable quagmires for our souls, their odd, selfish, and reckless behavior can also be, perversely enough, a genuine elixir.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802197597
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of over twenty-five books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The winner of a national Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty-two languages.

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