The River Swimmer

The River Swimmer

by Jim Harrison
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The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison is one of America’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed authors—on a par with American literary greats like Richard Ford, Anne Tyler, Robert Stone, Russell Banks, and Ann Beattie. His latest collection of novellas, The River Swimmer, is Harrison at his most memorable: a brilliant rendering of two men striving to find their way in the world, written with freshness, abundant wit, and profound humanity.

In The Land of Unlikeness, sixty-year-old art history academic Clive—a failed artist, divorced and grappling with the vagaries of his declining years—reluctantly returns to his family’s Michigan farmhouse to visit his aging mother. The return to familiar territory triggers a jolt of renewal—of ardor for his high school love, of his relationship with his estranged daughter, and of his own lost love of painting. In Water Baby, Harrison ventures into the magical as an Upper Peninsula farm boy is irresistibly drawn to the water as an escape, and sees otherworldly creatures there. Faced with the injustice and pressure of coming of age, he takes to the river and follows its siren song all the way across Lake Michigan.

The River Swimmer is a striking portrait of two richly-drawn, profoundly human characters, and an exceptional reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of the most cherished and important writers at work today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802193803
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 598,963
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jim Harrison is the author of over thirty books of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, including Legends of the Fall, The Road Home, Returning to Earth, and The Summer He Didn’t Die. A member of American Academy of Arts and Letters and winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty-seven languages. Harrison lives in Montana and Arizona.

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The River Swimmer 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Harrison is a master of the novella format ever since his first three were published as "Legends of the Fall". Rounding out at about 100 pages, novellas nicely bridge the gap between short story and novel. The first story is classic later Harrison: A well meaning, benevolent if somewhat salacious old man enjoys food and restorative walks as a means to recover significance. The second, The River Swimmer, more resembles Harrison's earlier work: more action and youthful folly. Both tales provide an excellent few hours of reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The next one is that what u mean?
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ILoveBookz More than 1 year ago
**I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads** I know I liked this book, but I am not sure of my reaction to it.  It left me feeling confused, in a daze.  I honestly am having difficulty writing this review; I just feel so overwhelmed with trying to put my thoughts and feelings into words that make sense. The main character in each of the novellas was likable, and I rooted for the two of them the entire time.  They were both trying to find their place in the world, live a life that made them happy, and I was wishing them the best (although I was not always happy with their decisions: I felt that Thad should stay away from Emily, and Clive needed to stay away from Laurette; I did not feel that either girl was good for the main character and would only help him flounder [no pun intended, as both characters fished]). The only thing that actually bothered me was that there were times where I felt that the book was taking place decades ago, when it was made clear that both of the novellas took place post-2000 (The River Swimmer mentioned 9/11; I forget how I came to the conclusion that The Land Of Unlikeness took place during this time period).  However, this could be because of the setting, rural Michigan for the most part.  Since I never have lived or been there, it could very well be like taking a step into the past and I am just unaware of that fact. I wish that I knew what the water babies were.  I hope that I did not just miss the description that told me what they were.  But I think that maybe the author wanted us to think about what they could be; maybe we were not meant to know the actual answer.  It was sweet, though, how much Thad cared about them and missed being around them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sounds good to me to read because it sounds bad at the some time so if yoy like to read books that arbad for you to read try this book maybe tou will like it or you will not like to read this book