Border Songs

By Jim Lynch
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307456267, 291pp.)

Publication Date: July 13, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer '11 Reading Group List
“Jim Lynch's latest novel is marvelous -- it inspires delight and wonder in the natural world, illuminates the follies of border rivalries and drug wars, and examines the vagaries of small town life through the experiences of Brandon Vanderkool, a beguiling amateur naturalist whose severe dyslexia makes him an unlikely border patrolman. This is a funny, sweet, yet cautionary tale for our time.”
-- Mary Gleysteen, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA


Description
Set in the previously sleepy hinterlands straddling Washington state and British Columbia, "Border Songs "is the story of Brandon Vanderkool, six foot eight, frequently tongue-tied, severely dyslexic, and romantically inept. Passionate about bird-watching, Brandon has a hard time mustering enthusiasm for his new job as a Border Patrol agent guarding thirty miles of largely invisible boundary. But to everyone's surprise, he excels at catching illegals, and as drug runners, politicians, surveillance cameras, and a potential sweetheart flock to this scrap of land, Brandon is suddenly at the center of something much bigger than himself.
A magnificent novel of birding, smuggling, farming and extraordinary love, "Border Songs "welcomes us to a changing community populated with some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction.



About the Author
Jim Lynch has won national journalism awards and published short fiction in literary magazines. A Washington state native, Lynch currently writes and sails from his home in Olympia, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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