The Brothers K

By David James Duncan
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28.12 Hours 03/01/2008 unabridged
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David James Duncan’s first novel, The River Why, met with such enthusiastic praise for its journey of self-discovery that it became a contemporary classic, with readers comparing Duncan to J. D. Salinger, Ken Kesey, and John Irving. In The Brothers K, Duncan amplifies this considerable accomplishment with a tender and powerful story that centers around a Pacific Northwest family in the early 1960s. The Chance family is wild about baseball and cantankerous about religion. Papa is a gifted but luckless minor-league pitcher whose big-league hopes are fading. Mama is a devout Seventh Day Adventist, constantly in motion to save her wayward sons. When a mill accident crushes Papa’s thumb and Mama’s inexplicable fanaticism threatens to shred what little the family has in common, parents and children find themselves embattled over the ideals represented by baseball and religion. It is young Kincaid, the easygoing middle child, who chronicles the humor and spiritual beliefs that alternately sustain and confound this family in a small Washington mill town. And it is through his maturing voice, as his brothers leave town to enter one of the country’s most bewildering decades, that we hear the inescapable tensions wrought from one American generation testing another’s vulnerabilities. Through the Chances, David James Duncan asks sublime questions about life, self-sacrifice, and enduring love in an ever changing world.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Notable Book

Winner of the American Library Association Best Book Award

David James Duncan’s first novel, The River Why, met with such enthusiastic praise for its journey of self-discovery that it became a contemporary classic, with readers comparing Duncan to J. D. Salinger, Ken Kesey, and John Irving. In The Brothers K, Duncan amplifies this considerable accomplishment with a tender and powerful story that centers around a Pacific Northwest family in the early 1960s.

The Chance family is wild about baseball and cantankerous about religion. Papa is a gifted but luckless minor-league pitcher whose big-league hopes are fading. Mama is a devout Seventh Day Adventist, constantly in motion to save her wayward sons. When a mill accident crushes Papa’s thumb and Mama’s inexplicable fanaticism threatens to shred what little the family has in common, parents and children find themselves embattled over the ideals represented by baseball and religion.

It is young Kincaid, the easygoing middle child, who chronicles the humor and spiritual beliefs that alternately sustain and confound this family in a small Washington mill town. And it is through his maturing voice, as his brothers leave town to enter one of the country’s most bewildering decades, that we hear the inescapable tensions wrought from one American generation testing another’s vulnerabilities. Through the Chances, David James Duncan asks sublime questions about life, self-sacrifice, and enduring love in an ever changing world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The pages of The Brothers K sparkle!” New York Times Book Review
“Duncan is a wonderfully engaging writer.” Los Angeles Times
“This ambitious book succeeds on almost every level and every page.” USA Today
“A stunning work: a complex tapestry of family tensions, baseball, politics, and religion, by turns hilariously funny and agonizingly sad.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If John Irving reimagined The Brothers Karamazov as one of his kooky families and Thomas Pynchon did a rewrite, the result might be something close to this…it scores a home run.” Library Journal
“Marvelously detailed and poignant, and a garden of delights for baseball lovers.” Kirkus Reviews
“A family drama of the highest order…Look no further for some of the most fallible, lovable, and utterly absorbing characters in modern literature.” Powells.com Staff Pick

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Author

Author Bio: David James Duncan

David James Duncan, novelist, essayist, and fly fisherman, is the award-winning author of two bestselling novels, as well as a collection of short stories and a memoir. His novel The Brothers K won the American Library Association Best Books Award and was a New York Times Notable Book. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Sierra, and Gray’s Sporting Journal. He lives with his family beside a Montana trout stream.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 28.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English