Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Farmer's Daughter

Desires. Jim Harrison’s new book The Farmer’s Daughter contains three novellas, each of which contains a reference to Patsy Cline’s “The Last Word in Lonesome Is Me.” The novella form is a perfect vehicle for Harrison’s spare writing style. He covers a lot of ground with few words. In each novella, characters are developed clearly and a tight plot brings readers into lives that are both dark and lively. The strong desires of key characters are exploited by Harrison with humor and poignancy. I read each novella in a single setting, and marveled at the way in which The Farmer’s Daughter presents our human condition with great insight and skill.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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