“Brown Dog is . . . vividly, evocatively alive. . . . These novellas read like a nuanced conversation between author and character. . . . Masterful.” David Ulin, Los Angeles Times
978-0-8021-2286-5 • $18.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2014
“What Harrison does on every page of Brown Dog is have fun . . . not simply for the sake of delight but because he believes delight is as close to sublimity as humans can get.” Anthony Doerr, New York Times Book Review
Of all New York Times bestselling, much-beloved author Jim Harrison’s creations, Brown Dog has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance. A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, now in paperback, this collection gathers together all the Brown Dog novellas, including one that has never been published. In these novellas, Brown Dog, a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian, rescues the preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior’s cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while just scraping by in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in pursuit of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native children; and flees the authorities, then returns across the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock band’s tour bus. The collection culminates with “He Dog,” never before published, which finds B.D. marginally employed and still looking for love (or sometimes just a few beers and a roll in the hay) as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to Montana and back, in search of an answer to the riddle of family and, perhaps, a chance at redemption. The ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison’s irresistible everyman, Brown Dog underscores Harrison’s place as one of America’s most irrepressible writers.