The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a malevolent father and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family by taking up with the son of their half-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way. As David comes into to adulthood enlightened by three unforgettably intoxicating women, he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of the wood of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as with the working people who made their wealth possible. With thirty years of searching for the truth of what his family has done while trying to make amends, David looks closely at the root of his father's evil-and threatens, like Icarus, to destroy himself.
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by Jim Harrison
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"Christopher Lane becomes David Burkett in this novel centered around a family descended from wealthy timber barons. He is at home portraying Burkett's angst over what his family has done to the landscape and the people around them, clearly communicating Burkett's depression, self-deprecation, and self-pity in equal parts. While Burkett is not a particularly likable hero, Lane succeeds in creating a sympathetic take on the young man as he navigates through making amends for his own comfort at the expense of the great woods around him. Even as Burkett's father becomes more and more unbelievable in his malevolence, Lane keeps him credible through his human reading. Both his humanity and his narration of Harrison's beautiful nature prose make this an audiobook worth exploring. H.L.S. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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