The Man Who Swam with Beavers

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Inspired by Alaska Native legends and myths of her adopted state, Nancy Lord explores humankind's innate need for contact with nature in the contemporary fables that make up THE MAN WHO SWAM WITH BEAVERS. The title refers to a Dena'ina Indian story about a man who lives with beavers, and realizes that all creatures have their own lives, as complete and legitimate as any others.

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Overview

Inspired by Alaska Native legends and myths of her adopted state, Nancy Lord explores humankind's innate need for contact with nature in the contemporary fables that make up THE MAN WHO SWAM WITH BEAVERS. The title refers to a Dena'ina Indian story about a man who lives with beavers, and realizes that all creatures have their own lives, as complete and legitimate as any others.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Alaskan transplant Nancy Lord (Survival), a writer and teacher who also fishes commercially for salmon, puts a contemporary spin on indigenous Alaskan folktales in The Man Who Swam with Beavers, and the results are often delightful. Standouts among the 17 stories include "Wolverine Grudge," in which a woman, inspired by an episode of Seinfeld, becomes obsessed with making harassing phone calls to her ex-husband's office. And in the utterly charming title piece, a man leaves behind his job and family to take up residence with a clan of the furry, friendly dam builders. National advertising; author tour. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
There's something for every taste in this eclectic collection of short stories inspired by Native Alaskan myths and legends of the author's adopted state. An Alaskan since 1973, Lord (Fishcamp: Life on an Alaskan Shore, LJ 4/15/97) teaches creative writing at the University of Alaska and is a commercial salmon fisher. In many of these 17 pieces, ranging from poignant and fanciful to depressing or bizarre, animals figure as prominently as people. A retired orthopedic surgeon becomes interested in birds, a wolf-dog can't escape his wildness and lives in both worlds, a woman's wedding to a bear is thwarted because the bear fears excessive civilization, a teenage boy explains his two lesbian mothers, and a ninth-grader tries to adjust to her mother's death from cancer. Readers interested in Alaska or in the contemporary use of folk and fairytales will enjoy this collection. Recommended. Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566891103
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,332,213
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

The Attainable Border of the Birds 17
Recall of the Wild 29
The Woman Who Would Marry a Bear 39
The Man Who Went Through Everything 51
Wolverine Grudge 69
What Was Washing Around Out There 79
Behold 93
The Baby Who, According to His Aunt, Resembled His Uncle 113
White Bird 123
Afterlife 135
Trip Report (Confidential) 147
Candace Counts Coup 155
The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese 171
The Census Taker 187
Why Owls Die with Wings Outspread 205
The Man Who Swam with Beavers 217
Remaking the World 235
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