Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison is a small book holding two intriguing novellas.  One is the story of an older man, the other tells of a young man both in the throws of love and battling society encroaching on pristine nature.

In “The Land of Unlikeness”,  Clive, a sixty year old art history academic and failed artist is called to care for his aging mother for one month at the Michigan childhood farmhouse he hasn’t visited in three years. The return to quiet triggers emotions, desires and dreams worthy of risking his shallow life on.

In “The River Swimmer”,  Harrison, a senior in high school,  is drawn to swimming and the magical adventures he encounters.  Harrison is a farm boy experiencing the social injustices of coming of age.  He takes to the river for solace and finds humanity abusing the precious waters.

Both stories are beautifully written.  The two richly drawn characters feel intimate by the time the last page is turned.  This is my first experience with Jim Harrison’s work and I plan to read his other books of which there are many.

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