Mink River

Mink River

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"Community is the beating heart of this fresh, memorable debut [novel] with an omniscient narrator and dozens of characters living in [fictional] Neawanaka, a small coastal Oregon town. Daniel Cooney, a 12-year-old who wears his hair in three different-colored braids, has a terrible bike accident in the woods and is rescued by a bear. Daniel's grandfather, Worried Man, is able to sense others' pain even from a distance and goes on a dangerous mountain mission to track down the source of time with his dear friend, Cedar. Other key stories involve a young police officer whose life is threatened, a doctor who smokes one cigarette for each apostle per day, a lusty teenage couple who work at a shingle factory, and a crow who can speak English. The fantastical blends with the natural elements in this original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of smalltown life that profits from the oral traditions of the town's population of Native Americans and Irish immigrants. Those intrigued by the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest will treasure every lyrical sentence."-- Publisher's Weekly.
" ... Brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people"--Publisher description.
Publisher: Corvallis :, Oregon State University Press,, 2010
ISBN: 9780870715853
Branch Call Number: F DOY NVD
Characteristics: 319 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm


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This novel features an omniscient narrator and dozens of characters living in [fictional] Neawanaka, a small coastal Oregon town. For example, a 12-year-old has a terrible bike accident in the woods and is rescued by a bear. His grandfather, Worried Man, is able to sense others' pain even from a... Read More »

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Dec 18, 2019

"Stories are not only words, you know. Words are just the clothes that people drape on stories." Beautiful words gently bring us into the daily life of Neawanaka where even the unexpected, and even frightening events, are softened like an out-of-focus photograph. Highly recommend for quiet, snuggly afternoons.

Nov 07, 2019

If you're a Pacific Northwestern resident, you probably should read this rain-soaked, word-drunk, coastal novel from Brian Doyle, who was born in Canada.

May 07, 2019

Beautifully written story with a style that interweaves Native American and Irish lore with inhabitants whose families have resided for decades in a small Oregon town. As in any small town, everyone knows everyone's virtues and faults (or demons) and have learned to acknowledge and accept what they must do to exist in the community and in the universe. Excellent selection for a book group discussion.

Jun 21, 2017

A wonderful portrait of a small town in the Pacific Northwest US, with a tapestry of its inhabitants; kind and mean and small-minded and philosophical and dying and living and in love with the place and can't wait to get out, and trying to survive after the dying of the fishing and logging industries. Lovely poetic rendering of the green setting overlooking the Pacific. One quibble I had is that the characters spend a lot of time picking and eating salmon berries, and I have always found salmon berries to be incredibly tasteless and not worth the time to pick them.

Aug 17, 2016

Delight-full!!! If you love nature and animals. I, too, loved the poetry of the writing."Caradoc" sums it up very nicely!!! I agree wholeheartedly!!! Loved it!

Dec 20, 2015

I found it hard to read and a bit boring.

May 29, 2015

Slow moving at first, but I came to appreciate its poetry, and the pace picks up eventually. It evokes the Oregon coast very well.

poignant, deeply fulfilling read. You want to know these people in real life. a magical place. could be your own hometown.
Rose in PR

Apr 04, 2012

Exuberant, richly detailed, brilliantly imagined. If you enjoy poetry and magical realism, this book is for you. Highly recommended!

Nov 19, 2010

I am really loving the poetry of this novel, quite unlike anything I've read before. I'm not sure which Doyle loves more - the texture and tumble of words or the place about which he is writing. Either way, this is a rich and satisfying read.

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Dec 28, 2012

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Oct 21, 2017

Mink River is an imaginary small town on the Oregon coast with some poetic characters. There is a plot, but most of the salty joy from reading this comes from getting to know eccentric characters. If you have been a fan of some of Ken Kesey's depictions of coastal Oregonians, you will recognize some echoes in this village. The story unfolds with a bit of magic realism, and a lot of humor. Drink it in - like you would the view of an ocean vista in a rainstorm.


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