A stunning collection of novellas from beloved master Jim Harrison, The River Swimmer is a breathtaking portrait of two men, one young and one older, confronting inconvenient loves and the encroachment of urbanity on nature, shot through with Harrison’s trademark wit and keen insight into the human condition.
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
Harrisonat 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 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
Michiganfarmhouse 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 The River Swimmer, Harrison ventures into the magical as an
Upper Peninsulafarm 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
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.
“Trenchant and visionary . . . Harrison is a writer of the body, which he celebrates as the ordinary, essential and wondrous instrument by which we measure the world. Without it, there is no philosophy. And with it, of course, philosophy can be a rocky test. . . . I could feel Jim Harrison grinning . . . in his glorious novella The River Swimmer.”--Ron Carlson, The New York Times Book Review
“The ways in which [the two novellas] complement and contrast with each other attests to [Harrison’s] range. . . . Everyday epiphanies from a major author.”--Kirkus Reviews
“Harrison is one of America’s great literary treasures; his rugged, beautifully tough-minded works help define America and its wide-open spaces, and his readers form almost a cult. Here, he will delight them.”--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal