Returning to Earth

Returning to Earth

by Jim Harrison
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Returning to Earth 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jim Harrison is a masterful storyteller. I instantly cared about Donald and Cynthia and the plight they were in. Their family history was fascinating; the characters real and colorful. However, I wasn't crazy about the style that was used in this book, the direct storytelling of the narrator. Still a compelling read.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Listening to the quartet of talented actors who read this moving book is very much like having producer's seats at a stellar Broadway production. The rendering is intimate, compelling, and completely sweeps you away. Traci Svendsgaard is a versatile performer, narrating such diverse titles as The New Rules to College Admissions and this touching reflection upon life by a dying man. Ray Porter is a consummate ensemble player with numerous TV and film appearances to his credit. His diction is clear, concise. British-American actor Tom Weiner is also a producer, director and writer - experiences that add to the luster of his narrations. Active with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Paul Michael Garcia's stage trained voice is very much like music to the ears. With Returning to Earth, Jim Harrison's sequel to the acclaimed True North (2004), we return to Upper Michigan and again meet Donald Burkett who is now an adult in middle age and dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. As he tells us at the onset he didn't know too much about Lou Gehrig as his sports were track and football. But that was then and this is now when he feels compelled to tell his family history, untold stories from the past that his children have not heard. Cynthia, his wife, and their two grown children, are with their father for his last days. Half Finnish and half Chippewa, Donald has pretty much come to terms with his impending death. The same cannot be said for his family, especially daughter Claire who adores him. As the narrative continues each contributes to the weaving of their family's story, recognizing their roots, being grateful for what is and has been good in their lives, and coming to terms with acceptance. Recognized as one of the foremost authors of our time Harrison has again crafted an unforgettable novel that will strike chords within all of us. - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so much going on and is told by four separate voices and perspectives conveying the raw yet tender, tawdry yet intimate, real yet mystical story of an extended family finding their way through life on MIchigan's Upper Peninsula. Harrison tells a butt honest story sometimes riddled with dicey language and situations that in another context could be offensive, but in the context of the characters he created and especially the bigger story he is telling about finding our ways through living and dying, it all works. If you haven't read any of his works this is a good place to dive in.
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