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The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac grabs the reader right from the start when Eli, the main character, meets Mr. Krantz, the titular sasquatch. It's a charming, funny, sad beginning.
The story progresses as Eli grows older and we see him, and his family, at different points in their oft-troubled lives. Eli's first encounter with Mr. Krantz, and the loss of his mother at a young age, creates a "butterfly effect" (or sasquatch effect) that defines his life and identity and consequently impacts his loved ones and shapes their lives too. It's all quite fascinating but it becomes a little depressing too. This is not a particularly fortunate family. Thankfully, Shields populates the book with more cryptozoological strangeness than Mr. Krantz and the narration by Tom Stechschulte is superb. There's a bit of social commentary in the mix as well.
I enjoyed the novel. The writing is extremely evocative and the characterizations memorable, but the worldview presented is rather melancholy and consequently, I found myself reluctant to go back to the book at times.
I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could. It's above average, and some readers/listeners might love it.
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