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True North
by Jim Harrison

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Edition: Hardcover
Publisher: Grove Press (2004-04-08)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0802117732 / 9780802117731
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 1076729

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A 2004 Vacation Reading (selected by The New York Times)
“David Burkett—scion of a wealthy logging dynasty, narrator of this novel and son of a crooked, nympholeptic father—inhabits a morass of guilt and self-loathing, all wrapped up in a grim comic struggle between his better self and an Oedipal fancy of killing his father.”

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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, 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, he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of the woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as with the working people who made their wealth possible. In the story of the Burketts, Jim Harrison has given us a family tragedy of betrayal and amends, joy and grief, and justice for the worst of our sins. True North is a bravura performance from one of our finest writers, accomplished with deep humanity, humor, and redemptive soul.


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