The Woman Lit by Fireflies

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Jim Harrison has garnered critical acclaim for masterpieces such asLegends of the Fall, The Beast God Forgot to Invent, and, most recently,Returning to Earth. Now,The Woman Lit by Fireflies, one of his best-loved books, is available as a Grove paperback.

Across the odd contours of the American landscape, people are searching for the things that aren’t irretrievably lost, for the incandescent beneath the ordinary. An ex-Bible student with raucously asocial tendencies rescues the ...

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Overview

Jim Harrison has garnered critical acclaim for masterpieces such asLegends of the Fall, The Beast God Forgot to Invent, and, most recently,Returning to Earth. Now,The Woman Lit by Fireflies, one of his best-loved books, is available as a Grove paperback.

Across the odd contours of the American landscape, people are searching for the things that aren’t irretrievably lost, for the incandescent beneath the ordinary. An ex-Bible student with raucously asocial tendencies rescues the preserved body of an Indian chief from the frigid depths of Lake Superior in a caper that nets a wildly unexpected bounty. A band of sixties radicals, now approaching middle age, reunite to free an old comrade from a Mexican jail. A fifty-year-old suburban housewife flees quietly from her abusive businessman husband at a highway rest stop, climbs a fence, and explores the bittersweet pageant of the preceding years within the sanctuary of an Iowa cornfield.

The Woman Lit by Firefliesis the work of a classic writer at the very top of his form—a hard-living, hard-writing hero of American letters whose novellas comprise a sweeping tribute to the nation’s heartland and the colorful, courageous characters who inhabit it.

The author of Dalva and Legends of the Fall has created three stunning novellas that echo the best works of Raymond Carver and James Dickey. A superb collection that evokes life lived close to the land--and a brilliant portrayal of the complex relationships of the men and women there.

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USA Today
A luminous, satisfying collection. Harrison has a powerful imagination. . . . These sharp and surprising stories will outlive most of us.
San Francisco Chronicle
A brilliant tour de force. . . . Jim Harrison at his peak: comic, erotic, and insightful.
Los Angeles Times
Harrison is unfailingly entertaining but he is much more -- a haunting, gifted writer. . . . . A consummate storyteller -- truly one of those writers whose books are hard to put down.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Four affluent former '60s radicals are called upon to rescue an ex-cohort from a Mexican jail; a hard-drinking diver for an illegal scavenging firm dredges an Indian's body from Lake Superior; a woman hides in an Iowa cornfield after fleeing her bigoted husband. "In each novella, the past rises up to challenge these deeply probed characters, forcing them to make moral choices,'' said PW. (Oct.)
Library Journal
This collection of novellas depicts three very different locales and character types. Harrison is on familiar ground in "Brown Dog," portraying the grimly comic adventures of a northern Michigan ne'er-do-well who discovers the body of an Indian chief beneath Lake Superior. In "Sunset Limited", a group of former Sixties radicals struggle to make peace with their pasts as they come to the aid of a still-political friend. The title piece, a new direction for Harrison, involves a strong, complex female character who spends a night in an Iowa cornfield after leaving her husband at an interstate rest stop. Some harshly polemical passages mar "Sunset Limited" and a two-dimensional portrayal of the husband detracts from "The Woman Lit by Fireflies." Nevertheless, much in these tales will satisfy and occasionally surprise Harrison's fans.-- Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802143754
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/5/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 786,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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