Purple Flat Top

Overview

When a mining claim on a crumbling cliff of burnt-rose quartzite lured naturalist Jack Nisbet to the northeastern corner of Washington State in 1970, he began a search for an understanding of that open country through stories about the people who lived there and the everyday events he shared with them. Together, these vivid, engaging, and subtly humorous stories evoke the essence of this place.

"At once wry and compassionate, these crisply written vignettes impart a spirited, substantial nourishment as they ...

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Overview

When a mining claim on a crumbling cliff of burnt-rose quartzite lured naturalist Jack Nisbet to the northeastern corner of Washington State in 1970, he began a search for an understanding of that open country through stories about the people who lived there and the everyday events he shared with them. Together, these vivid, engaging, and subtly humorous stories evoke the essence of this place.

"At once wry and compassionate, these crisply written vignettes impart a spirited, substantial nourishment as they describe a particular American landscape." -Booklist

"A fine, gracefully written combination of bird-watching, people-watching, and regional history." -Kirkus

"In Jack Nisbet, an unsung corner of the West has found its troubadour." -Ivan Doig

"Purple Flat Top is everything a portrait of a place should be: intimately local yet completely universal, rich in the texture of people and other species, and spit-true." -Robert Michael Pyle

Jack Nisbet is a writer, teacher, and naturalist. He is the author of several books, including The Collector and Sources of the River, the winner of the Washington Governor's Writers Award, the Murray Morgan Prize, and the Idaho Book of the Year. He lives in Spokane, Washington.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Purple Flat Top may sharpen our sense of wonder and respect for the wide open spaces east of here and the people who inhabit them." -Mike Dillon, City Living, February 2012
Booklist

At once wry and compassionate, these crisply written vignettes impart a spirited, substantial nourishment as they describe a particular American landscape.

City Living - Mike Dillon

Purple Flat Top may sharpen our sense of wonder and respect for the wide open spaces east of here and the people who inhabit them.

Shelf Awareness - Roni K. Devlin

Nesbit writes in a simple and clear voice, but also with a powerful gift for observation and reflection.... Purple Flat Top is worth revisiting if it has been read before or experiencing fully anew if it has not.

Midwest Book Review

With humor and poignancy, Purple Flat Top is a fine assortment, very much recommended for any literary short fiction collection.

Robert Michael Pyle

Purple Flat Top is everything a portrait of a place should be: intimately local yet completely universal, rich in the texture of people and other species, and spit-true.

From the Publisher

"Purple Flat Top may sharpen our sense of wonder and respect for the wide open spaces east of here and the people who inhabit them." -Mike Dillon, City Living, February 2012
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295991214
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Nisbet is a writer, teacher, and naturalist. He is the author of several books, including The Collector and Sources of the River, the winner of the Washington Governor's Writers Award, the Murray Morgan Prize, and the Idaho Book of the Year. He lives in Spokane, Washington.

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2011 EditionAcknowledgements

Puple Flat Top

Milk Run

Fourth of July

The Lord's Work

Carousel

Sportin' Life

Eagle Mine

Raven Talk

Sky People

Fossil Bowl

Sign

Cloudburst

Listening

Dance

The Opportunist

Earth People

University of Washington Press

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