“Heartfelt . . . immensely readable . . . Michener is a born writer.”—The New York Times
“Michener is a gifted storyteller.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Brilliantly done.”—Library Journal
"A warm-hearted, readable story, crammed with lively incident and remarkable characters."
David Harper was an orphan, loney and impoverished. But his longing to embrace the world that abandoned him was stronger than the harsh realities. And even though he's a con man and petty thief at a carnival, he still dreams. For it was there that David learned about love and about womenall of whom taught him the riches of himself.
Here is a rich segment of American lifea magic blend of longing and wisdom, saltiness, simplicity, and compassion.
James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.
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James A. Michener's second, and unfortunately greatly overlooked novel, The Fires of SPring, wonderfully depicts the thoughts, emotions, hardships, and joys of beiing a dreamer,artist, and man in America. Moving, insightful, and inspiring, every man should read this novel at least once in their lifetime (should be required high school reading). Michener lays bare the psyche of male adolecense and that hunger to be and do everything in his wonderful, every-man-can-relate-to, main character, Dave. And along the journey provides, through wonderfully colorful supporting characters, basic instructions on how to be an influential character in the life of an american youth. This novel is a journey worth taking, a journey into an America of long ago; an America you'll wish you could recreate.