The English Major by Jim HarrisonThe English Major by Jim Harrison

The English Major

byJim Harrison

Paperback | September 1, 2009

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Jim Harrison has been called "a writer with immortality in him" by London's Sunday Times, and the New York Times Book Review has written that "[his] storytelling instincts are nearly flawless." Harrison's novel Returning to Earth was hailed by The Plain Dealer as an artistic achievement worthy of Faulkner.

The English Major is a wryly funny novel that sparkles with the generous humanity of Harrison's vision. In it, he sends Cliff -- a sixty-something former teacher, divorced and robbed of his farm by a real-estate shark of an ex-wife -- on a road trip across America. Armed with a childhood puzzle and a mission to rename all the states and state birds, Cliff's adventures take him through a whirlwind affair with a former student to a snake farm in Arizona owned by an old classmate to the high-octane existence of his big-time movie producer son in San Francisco. The English Major is the map of a man's journey into -- and out of -- himself, and it is vintage Harrison: reflective and sharp with wicked wit.

Jim Harrison is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The winner of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he has had work published in twenty two languages. He divides his time between Michigan, Montana, and Arizona.
Title:The English MajorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.38 × 5.63 × 0.62 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887848354

ISBN - 13:9780887848353

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Editorial Reviews

"...funny, spirited...[Harrison] is consistently witty and engaging as he drives home his timeless theme: that change can be beneficial at any point in life." - Publishers Weekly"...oddly mysterious...Harrison creates delicious comic tension." - New York Times"A read-aloud-to-your-bedmate funny book...There isn't a false note...[Jim Harrison] writes like a dream..." - National Post"Harrison is as wild and wonderful as ever." - Chronicle Herald"Harrison's new as comfortably approachable as a creaky wooden swing on a farmhouse porch...It reminds you that fresh soil can be found below the most well pounded paths, that poetry can be found in even the most prosaic of predicaments." - Toronto Star"Reconsideration of a life in ruins is terrifically funny and vintage Jim Harrison...a ruminative, sensitive portrayal of a man forced by circumstance to look back at how he's lived his life...a joy to read...a heady, intellectual, gutsy and wise depiction of a man wrestling with grief..." - Edmonton Journal