Returning to Earth

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Grove Press, 2007 - Fiction - 280 pages
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Jim Harrison is one of our most beloved authors, about whom The New York Times Book Review has written, "There is a singular comfort in knowing, on the first page of a novel, that you are in the hands of a master ... who makes the ordinary extraordinary, the unnamable unforgettable." In Returning to Earth. Harrison has delivered a masterpiece--a tender, profound, and magnificent novel about life, death, and finding redemption in sometimes unlikely places. Donald is a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, married to a white woman who renounced the wealth she was raised with, and father to two grown children. As Returning to Earth opens, he is slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease. His condition deteriorating, he realizes no one alive will be able to pass on to his children their family history once he is gone. He begins dictating to his wife, Cynthia, stories he has never shared with anyone--as around him, his family struggles with how to lay him to rest with the same dignity with which he always lived. Over the course of the year following Donald's death, his loved ones deal with how to let him go. His daughter begins studying Chippewa ideas of death for clues on her father's religion, and her mother, Cynthia, is at loose ends for how to protect or guide her. Bereft of the family she created to escape the malevolent influence of her own father, Cynthia, along with her brother, David, an eccentric whose life mission is to prevent Mexican-border crossers from dying in transit, find, all these years later, that redeeming the past is not a lost cause. Returning to Earth is a deeply moving book about origins and endings, how to make sense of loss, and how to live with honor for the dead. It isone of the finest novels of Harrison's long, storied career, and will confirm his standing as one of the most important American writers now working.

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What a good writer Jim Harrison is! - Goodreads
Graphic and story telling. - Goodreads
Another awesome book by a great writer of our times. - Goodreads
Soberingly vivid and beautiful writing. - Goodreads

Review: Returning to Earth ( True North #2)

User Review  - Woody - Goodreads

Parts of this book were wonderful: The description of a main character going through Lou Gehrig's disease; the local ecology and human culture of the upper Midwest; and the perspectives of Native ... Read full review

Review: Returning to Earth ( True North #2)

User Review  - Bob Gray - Goodreads

An American original, Jim Harrison is our John Prine of letters. Returning to Earth reads like a kind of Upper Michigan Native American Sound & Fury. He is in his full glory here, inhabiting the ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Jim Harrison was born December 11, 1937 in Grayling, Mich. to Winfield and Norma Harrison. After receiving his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1960 and his M.A. from the same school in 1964, Harrison briefly taught English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Legends of the Fall, written in 1979, was Harrison's first major work of fiction. Published as a set of three novellas, entitled Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Last Name, and Legends of the Fall, the trilogy explores the theme of revenge and the effect it has on all of those involved. In 1994, Harrison wrote the screenplay based on the novella Legends of the Fall for a feature film starring Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt. The epic western saga, told amidst the backdrop of World War I, details the lives of three brothers who are in love with the same woman. Another of Harrison's novels, Dalva, was adapted as a made-for-television movie featuring Rod Steiger and Farrah Fawcett in the lead roles. Besides writing numerous novels and screenplays, Harrison has contributed poems to numerous anthologies, and has also written stories, articles, reviews, and poems for various publications.

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