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Publisher's Summary

In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman who is addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer, and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime is committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking. This is the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and when the book ends, listeners will be more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.
©2010 Brian Doyle (P)2014 Tantor Media
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"Doyle writes with an inventive and seductive style that echoes that of ancient storytellers." ( Library Journal Starred Review
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By Diane on 08-02-15

Unique performance of literary art.

Like walking out of the theater after a great performance I felt I was a better person after the experience. Such rich entertainment. I've had this book on my shelf for years but so glad I waited for the audio version. Drummond was perfect! Thanks.

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By Molly-o on 06-01-15

Very unusual book but flawed

Brian Doyle is a very talented writer - he can capture a moment and place you right in the place he is describing in an instant. Somewhere along the line, someone applauded his use of lists as a means by which to dramatize his stories. The first couple of lists -- woven throughout the novel -- are very satisfying and ingenious really. Then they get old and then they get annoying. I will never be his editor, but, if I were, I would say -- let the schtick go and use your amazing talent to just weave a tale.

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By sarahmoose2000 on 10-07-14

Life and death in a small town

This was a strange wee story, but great. It was going along fine as a plain old fiction novel, where the inhabitants of a coastal town are struggling economically then dipped into fantasy as the residents spoke to and related with a crow called Moses.

The majority of the town are Irish/Native American Indian and there were great wee legends from each culture. There was a disturbing miscarriage scene but that didn't spoil the novel as a whole.

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