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From Publishers Weekly

Michigan poet and novelist Harrison ( Sundog ; Dalva ) spins three novellas in this volume. In "Brown Dog," with its traits of an epic tall tale, B.D. is a rough-hewn, hard-drinking diver for an illegal scavenging firm who dredges up the body of an Indian from Lake Superior. Intending to sell the cadaver to a collector, he instead develops a filial bond with the Indian. B.D.'s weakness for fine women further entangles him with urbane anthropologist Shelley, yet he hankers for Rose, his earthy first love who threw pig swill at him. "Sunset Limited," contoured like a thriller, reunites four old friends, a "wild bunch" of '60s radicals once jailed for wrecking draft records, who, settled and affluent, must reassess their lives and relationships when called on to rescue an unregenerate ex-cohort from a Mexican jail. The title story depicts Clare, 50, in abrupt flight from her bigoted husband, hiding in an Iowa cornfield during a soul-searching night. In each novella the past rises up to challenge these deeply probed characters, forcing them to make moral choices.
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From Library Journal

This collection of novellas depicts three very different locales and character types. Harrison is on familiar ground in Brown Dog, portraying the grimly comic adventures of a northern Michigan ne'er-do-well who discovers the body of an Indian chief beneath Lake Superior. In Sunset Limited, a group of former Sixties radicals struggle to make peace with their pasts as they come to the aid of a still-political friend. The title piece, a new direction for Harrison, involves a strong, complex female character who spends a night in an Iowa cornfield after leaving her husband at an interstate rest stop. Some harshly polemical passages mar Sunset Limited and a two-dimensional portrayal of the husband detracts from The Woman Lit by Fireflies. Nevertheless, much in these tales will satisfy and occasionally surprise Harrison's fans.
- Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • MP3 CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433288982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433288982
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved all of the stories. I became a fan and introduced many people to his work. They also loved it and we've looked for more and more. The stories are funny, the characters are interesting, and he writes with great style. I couldn't put it down. He made me laugh and he made me think. Perfect.
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i came on my copy of this book a few days ago. i was unpacking after a move and there was a lot to do. i had fond memories so i started reading. two hours later i was still sitting on a box reading. the title story remains one of the most engaging stories written by a man about a woman.
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HARRISON! HARRISON! HARRISON! Immortal I agree, this work is to me the same as sitting a spell to listen to the tales of the elders in town, to learn of the lives and times that you know nothing of, you couldn't know, without the memory of those who were there, or those who've heard the legends before. Descriptive, yes. Insightful, yes. Each character of the three novellas will hold a place inside of you long after the duration of the read. Clare will speak to your soul and carry you away on the wings of introspection. Sunset Limited will be like opening a photo album from years past and reminiscing the adventures and feelings of your bosom buddies. Brown Dog, the scoundrel, will take you on an exciting roller coaster ride of intuition, passion,wit and wiles to prove once and for all that the underdog will prevail!( hence his continuation in the Seven Ounce Man ) As an avid reader of non-fiction I am proud to say that I have restored my faith in the realm of fiction through the works of my fellow Michigander the honorable, the mighty, the great, mister Jim Harrison. Hello from Grand Marais!!!
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That B.D. in "Brown Dog" and Clare in "The Woman Lit By Fireflies" exist in the same volume is something, truly, of a miracle. B.D. tells a wild tale and bawdy, spews his irreverent attitudes and recounts his narrow escapes and brass-knuckles view of the world. Clare probes deeply into her own soul, mucking around in the deep interior of self-analysis, using imagined conversations to uproot ideas. B.D., well, has no problem swearing. During the course of "Woman Lit..." Clare utters her first profanity out loud, though nobody is there to hear it.

If B.D. and Clare ever ran into each other, I wonder what they would have to say to each other. Probably nothing. The tone, style, substance and point of view are so drastically different in these two stories that it's hard to understand they are the same author's work. That's the strength of Jim Harrison's writing and his mind-blowing ability to paint real characters on the page.

"Brown Dog" jumps from the first line: "Just before dark at the bottom of the sea I found the Indian." B.D. is a diver who lives on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The story is, in a word, whacky. It could be a fable. It could be real. B.D.'s world is what's in front of his face at that moment. It's all about his current mission, his current concerns. One of those issues deals with his heritage and, of course, the frozen Indian comes into play. "Brown Dog" is hilarious, touching and over-the-top.

"The Woman Lit By Fireflies" sets a more introspective tone, but the story is no less dramatic. Clare stands in for so many women stuck in a tough, demeaning relationship. She takes action. She wants to feel again. She wants to find herself and skips taking medicine with her on her journey because she prefers "pain-ridden consciousness.
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Yes, Harrison at his best is a sight to see and a joy to read. These stories start off wonderfully - a body preserved in the icy cold depths of a lake has risen to the shallows and waits submerged on a ledge. A woman and daughter wait for a train in the desert. Great beginnings. But the stories go on and on and on, spiraling slowly down until you somehow stumble to the point where our hero is drinking two bottles of wine for dinner, then hitting the road for an aimless drive in his beat up pickup while drinking a case of beer, finally ending up at a bar where he knocks back shots of whiskey "to wake him up", and you suddenly realize you've exceeded your recommended daily allowance of testosterone-soaked macho bulls*** so you put the book down and go find something better to read.
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The author’s central characters always have issues with life, other people, etc. And they invariably do a lot of thinking about it. It all makes for an interesting read – for the most part. There is a certain amount of rambling and abrupt shifts in his stories. For me, the Brown Dog story was the best of the three.
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By A Customer on December 15, 1999
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I was first introduced to Jim Harrison when I took an Intro to Fiction class taught by Harrison biographer/critic Edward Reilly. The book that I read was The Woman Lit by Fireflies. "Brown Dog" is, by far, my favorite novella in the collection. He is an underdog that simply wants to live off the land and be left the hell alone. Admirable qualities in my opinion. "Sunset Limited" and the "Woman Lit by Fireflies" are also excellent, but "Brown Dog" makes me hurt from laughter.
Not the most insightful review, I'm sure. However, how can a person be critical about something he or she enjoys?
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