True North

True North

A Novel

Book - 2005 | 1st Grove Press paperback ed
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An epic tale that pits a son against the legacy of his family's desecration of the earth, and his own father's more personal violations, Jim Harrison's True North is a beautiful and moving novel that speaks to the territory in our hearts that calls us back to our roots.

The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at fourteen by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way. As David comes to adulthood-often guided and enlightened by the unforgettable, intractable, courageous women he loves-he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of the woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as the working people who made their wealth possible.

Jim Harrison has given us a family tragedy of betrayal, amends, and justice for the worst sins. True North is a bravura performance from one of our finest writers, accomplished with deep humanity, humor, and redemptive soul.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c[2005]
Edition: 1st Grove Press paperback ed
ISBN: 9780802142061
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 21 cm


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ChristchurchLib Jul 15, 2013

"Like much of author Jim Harrison's work, True North is set in Michigan's dangerous but beautiful Upper Peninsula, a landscape that is sharply portrayed by the narrator, whose family has long made money by despoiling Michigan's forests. Though he can't quite stand up to his abusive father directly, David Burkett researches his ancestors' brutality in an attempt to redress their environmental and emotional crimes. Over the next 20 years we are treated to his attempts at maturity, his failed relationships, and to the cold beauty of his camping trips in the woods. At times bleak, this novel isn't for everyone, but it offers a peek at Harrison's "fierce passion and dark poetry" (Kirkus Reviews). Fans will want to keep an eye out for his upcoming book, Brown Dog, which is due later in the year." July 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter


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