The Summer He Didn't Die

The Summer He Didn't Die

Book - 2005
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Jim Harrison's vivid, tender, and deeply felt fictions have won him acclaim as an American master of the novella. His latest highly acclaimed volume of novellas, The Summer He Didn't Die, is a sparkling and exuberant collection about love, the senses, and family, no matter how untraditional. In the title novella, "The Summer He Didn't Die," Brown Dog, a hapless Michigan Indian, is trying to parent his two stepchildren and take care of his family's health on meager resources -- it helps a bit that his charms are irresistible to the new dentist in town. "Republican Wives" is a wicked satire on the sexual neuroses of the right, the emptiness of a life lived for the status quo, and the irrational power of love that, when thwarted, can turn so easily into an urge to murder. And "Tracking" is a meditation on Harrison's fascination with place, telling his own familiar mythology through the places his life has seen and the intellectual loves he has known.

With wit as sharp and prose as lush as any Harrison has yet written, The Summer He Didn't Die is a resonant, warm, and joyful ode to our journey on this earth.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005.
ISBN: 9780802142559
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dec 19, 2017

If you like Jim Harrison, you'll love this book. Tracking is an especially moving meditation, I found. The Republican Wives novella is a little wacky and odd, kind of like Harrison, but it's fun.

Jun 30, 2014

the description is of some other book it seems

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top