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RIVER DOGS

Olmstead, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0394746848 / ISBN 13: 9780394746845
Published by Vintage, NY, 1987
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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First edition, first prnt. Pbk original. Beginning page toning; otherwise, an unread copy in Fine condition. Olmstead's first book. Bookseller Inventory # 1100172

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Title: RIVER DOGS

Publisher: Vintage, NY

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collection of 12 stories set in rural New Hampshire, populated by wily dairymen, onion planters, small-time hunters and drifting hustlers - characters deflecting pain and rich in humanity. By the author of "Soft Water" and "A Trail of Heart's Blood Wherever We Go".

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The appealing characters in these short stories are mountain loggers, farmers, stonecutters and truckers in upper New York State and northern New England. They lead simple, rustic, routine lives that, in certain moments, which the author captures succinctly and movingly, are broken by poignant, unsettling occurrencessome of which flicker for only a second while others begin a chain of events that alter lives forever. In "Cody's Story," a logger in the woods falls down an icy rock face, nearly dies and remembers events from his life. (Later, while listening to a diesel engine running, he imagines "a thousand small explosions going off inside its block, like all the scenes he couldn't remember and never would.") In "Onions," much of Raymond Knowlton's farm equipment is sold to satisfy a bank debt, leaving him with 200 tons of onions in a glutted market, at which point he and his unhelpful father begin playing a stubborn, deadly game. These fast-paced, invigorating tales are at times cold and cruel, at times warm, and the reader will be intrigued.
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