River Teeth: Stories and Writings

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Random House Publishing Group, Jan 11, 2012 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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In his passionate, luminous novels, David James Duncan has won the devotion of countless critics and readers, earning comparisons to Harper Lee, Tom Robbins, and J.D. Salinger, to name just a few. Now Duncan distills his remarkable powers of observation into this unique collection of short stories and essays.

At the heart of Duncan's tales are characters undergoing the complex and violent process of transformation, with results both painful and wondrous. Equally affecting are his nonfiction reminiscences, the "river teeth" of the title. He likens his memories to the remains of old-growth trees that fall into Northwestern rivers and are sculpted by time and water. These experiences—shaped by his own river of time—are related with the art and grace of a master storyteller. In River Teeth, a uniquely gifted American writer blends two forms, taking us into the rivers of truth and make-believe, and all that lies in between.
 

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Well-crafted vignettes and slightly overblown stories combine in a first collection from the much-praised author of The River Why (1982) and The Brothers K (1992). Duncan comes out swinging in the ... Read full review

Contents

A DEFINITION
RED COATS
ROSE VEGETABLES
HER IDIOTS
GIVING NORMAL THE FINGER
A STREETLAMP IN THE NETHERLANDS
KALIS PERSONAL
ANOTHER BRUTAL INDIAN ATTACK
MOLTING
FIRST NATIVE
NOT ROCKING THE BOATS
MY ONE CONVERSATION WITH COLLIN WALCOTT
THE KING OF EPOXY
LIGHTHOUSE
JUST WIND AND A CREEK
RELIC

NORTHWEST PASSAGE
THE GARBAGE MANS DAUGHTER
THE MICKEY MANTLE KOAN
YELLOWJACKET
A DOOR
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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About the author (2012)

David James Duncan is the author of two novels, The River Why and The Brothers K, and River Teeth, a joint memoir and collection of stories. The River Why ranks thirty-fifth on the San Francisco Chronicle list of The 20th Century's 100 Best Books of the American West. The Brothers K is an American Library Association Best Books Award-winner and a New York Times Notable Book. Both novels won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.

Duncan has read and lectured all over the United States on wilderness, the writing life, the nonmonastic contemplative life, the fly fishing life, and nonreligious literature of faith. His work has appeared in Harper's, Outside, Orion, The Sun, Sierra, Big Sky Journal, Northern Lights, Gray's Sporting Journal, and many other publications. He lives with his family on a Montana trout stream.

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