True North

True North

A Novel

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
In a new novel by the author of Off on the Side, the son of a wealthy family of timber barons struggles to reconcile himself with the damage his family has done to Michigan's Upper Peninsula--a scarring that cuts deeply into the fabric of his own family. 85,000 first printing. $85,000 ad/promo.

Blackwell North Amer
True North is the story of a family torn apart and a man engaged in profound reckoning with the damage scarred into the American soil. The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force more than a father, and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister, Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at fourteen by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way, and often to play parent to their dissolute elders. As David comes to adulthood - often guided and enlightened by the unforgettable, intractable, courageous women he loves - he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of the woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as the working people who made their wealth possible. In the course of thirty years of searching for the truth of what his family has done and trying to make amends, David looks closely at the root of his father's evil - and threatens to destroy himself.

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& Taylor

The son of a wealthy family of timber barons struggles to reconcile himself with the damage his family has done to Michigan's Upper Peninsula--a scarring that cuts deeply into the fabric of his own family.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802117731
0802117732
Branch Call Number: F HAR
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 24 cm

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ChristchurchLib Jul 15, 2013

"Like much of author Jim Harrison's work, True North is set in Michigan's dangerous but beautiful Upper Peninsula, a landscape that is sharply portrayed by the narrator, whose family has long made money by despoiling Michigan's forests. Though he can't quite stand up to his abusive father directly, David Burkett researches his ancestors' brutality in an attempt to redress their environmental and emotional crimes. Over the next 20 years we are treated to his attempts at maturity, his failed relationships, and to the cold beauty of his camping trips in the woods. At times bleak, this novel isn't for everyone, but it offers a peek at Harrison's "fierce passion and dark poetry" (Kirkus Reviews). Fans will want to keep an eye out for his upcoming book, Brown Dog, which is due later in the year." July 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=655619

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Library Journal

First novelist Skibsrud takes a poignant look at family, focusing mainly on Napoleon Haskell, his adult daughter, and Henry, father to a young man Napoleon served with in Vietnam. These three live in Henry's house in Canada as a sort of makeshift family. When Napoleon's daughter first comes to live with him and Henry after a relationship ends badly, she finds out much more about the father she hardly knew while growing up. And she begins to understand who Henry is and why he has a connection to her own family. She also learns that her father's alcoholism is much more progressed than she'd originally thought. And she begins to figure out the identity of the mysterious Owen, Henry's son, and why Henry feels indebted to her father because of him. With flashbacks to Vietnam and heartfelt recollections of the daughter's own childhood, the narrative shows Napoleon slowly letting his daughter in on deep secrets of his life. VERDICT A quick and satisfying read; recommended for most public libraries and reading groups that have an interest in books about familial relationships.-Leann Restaino, Girard, OH (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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