New York Times bestselling author Jim Harrison is one of our most beloved and acclaimed writers, adored by both readers and critics. In The Ancient Minstrel, Harrison delivers three novellas that highlight his phenomenal range as a writer, shot through with his trademark wit and keen insight into the human condition.Harrison has tremendous fun with his own reputation in the title novella, about an aging writer in Montana who spars with his estranged wife, with whom he still shares a home; weathers the slings and arrows of literary success; and tries to cope with the sow he buys on a whim and the unplanned litter of piglets that follow soon after. In "Eggs," a Montana woman reminisces about staying in London with her grandparents and collecting eggs at their country house. Years later, having never had a child, she attempts to do so. And in "The Case of the Howling Buddhas," retired Detective Sunderson-a recurring character from Harrison's New York Times bestsellers The Great Leader and The Big Seven-is hired as a private investigator to look into a bizarre cult that achieves satori by howling along with howler monkeys at the zoo. Fresh, incisive, and endlessly entertaining, with moments of both profound wisdom and sublime humor, The Ancient Minstrel is an exceptional reminder of why Jim Harrison is one of the most cherished and important writers at work today.
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by Jim Harrison
by David Harrison
by Colin Harrison
by Melissa Harrison
by Wayne Harrison
by Sarah Harrison
by Kristan Higgins
"Harrison, who died in March 2016, leaves a rich audio legacy, and this trio of novellas will hold a special attraction for his longtime fans. Three narrators interpret Harrison's distinctive voice and outlook, and each conveys perfectly the contrary and carefully balanced elements that make up the three central characters. The individual stories are mainly third-person narrative with little dialogue or sustained action--making the narrator's voice that much more important, and defining. Mark Bramhall has delivered previous titles of Harrison's, notably LEGENDS OF THE FALL, and he and Keith Szarabajka bring to maximum effect Harrison's randy- old-man humor and the verbal richness of his style. Xe Sands, working with a quieter and more nuanced story, captures most effectively the intricate bond between people and their livestock--chickens and, in the title story, pigs--that forms a central theme of the collection. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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