"It used to be Cliff and Vivian and now it isn't."With these words, Jim Harrison begins a riotous, moving novel that sends a 60-something man on a quest of self-rediscovery.Newly divorced and robbed of his farm by his real-estate shark of an ex-wife, Cliff is off on a road trip across America, on a mission to rename all the states and state birds and redeem them from the banal names men have given them.Cliff's adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student from his high-school teaching days 20-some years before, to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate, and into the high-octane existence of his son, a big-time movie producer. A map of a man's journey into - and out of - himself, The English Major is vintage Harrison: reflective, big-picture American, and replete with wicked wit.More
"Harrison is consistently witty and engaging as he drives home his timeless theme: that change can be beneficial at any point in life." (Publishers Weekly)
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A picaresque novel for baby boomers
Amusing and fun