River teeth: stories and writings

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Doubleday, May 1, 1995 - Fiction - 259 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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I haven't made it through his novels yet but this one I still think about 10 years later--especially the opening metaphor/intro. Skip the "Kali" one if you ask me and you have a thought provoking, tear inducing collection of brilliant short stories and essays. Read full review

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I'm a huge fan of David James Duncan. maybe I was expecting too much coming off of the definitely 5 star books The Brother's K and The River Why. These short stories were hit or miss. Some of them ... Read full review


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David James Duncan is the author of The River Why and The Brothers K as well as several works of nonfiction. He has won numerous awards and recognition for his work including a National Book Award nomination, and the American Library Association's 2003 Award (with Wendell Berry) for the Preservation for Intellectual Freedom, and many other honors.

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