Mink River by Brian Doyle audiobook

Mink River: A Novel

By Brian Doyle
Read by David Drummond

Tantor Audio 9780870715853
12.53 Hours Unabridged
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In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman who is addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer, and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime is committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking . . . This is the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and when the book ends, listeners will be more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

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Summary

Summary

In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman who is addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer, and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime is committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking . . .

This is the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and when the book ends, listeners will be more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Doyle writes with an inventive and seductive style that echoes that of ancient storytellers. Library Journal Starred Review
“Award-winning essayist Doyle writes with an inventive and seductive style that echoes that of ancient storytellers. This lyrical mix of natural history, poetry, and Salish and Celtic lore offers crime, heartaches, celebrations, healing, and death…Enthusiastically recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“The prosaic and the spiritual merge in a portrait of life in a small Oregon town…[showing] how the mystical can influence otherwise ordinary lives.” Kirkus Reviews
“Community is the beating heart of this fresh, memorable debut…[an] original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of small-town life that profits from the oral traditions of the town’s population of Native Americans and Irish immigrants. Those intrigued by the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest will treasure every lyrical sentence.” Publishers Weekly
“This tale is quintessential North Coast, but in its sensibility and lilt this story is as Irish as tin whistles—and the pairing is an unprecedented delight.” David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why
“Richly imagined, distinctive, beautiful…I was pulled along steadily, my heart raced, I held my breath.” Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses

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Author

Author Bio: Brian Doyle

Author Bio: Brian Doyle

Brian Doyle (1956–2017), author of The Plover, Grace Notes, Cat’s Foot, and many other books, was the longtime editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. His many honors include three Pushcart Prizes and Foreword Reviews‘ Book of the Year Award. He won a Pacific Northwest Book Award in 2016 for his collection Children & Other Wild Animals. And in 2018 he was awarded that group’s Indie Spirit Honor in recognition of his body of work and vigorous support of independent booksellers in the Northwest and beyond.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 12.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English