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The Bartender's Tale
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Ivan Doig is the author of ten previous novels, most recently Work Song, and three works of nonfiction, including his classic first book, This House of Sky. He lives in Seattle.

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PRAISE FOR"THE BARTENDER'S TALE "
"Highly textured and evocative ...Doig gives us a poignant saga of a boy becoming a man alongside a town and a bygone way of life inching into the modern era. " - "Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)
"[An] enjoyable, old-fashioned, warmhearted story about fathers and sons, growing up, and big life changes." - Library Journal"
"PRAISE FOR "WORK SONG "
"As enjoyable and subtly thought-provoking a piece of fiction as you're likely to pick up this summer. It's a book that can be appreciated just for the quality of the prose and the author's adherence to the sturdy conventions of old-fashioned narrative or for Doig's sly gloss on Western genre fiction and unforced evocation of our current condition -- or, better yet, for all those things...A pleasure to read." - "The Los Angeles Times"
"Not one stitch unravels in this intricately threaded narrative ... infectious." -"The New York Times Book Review "


"If you were looking for a novel that best expresses the American spirit, you'd have to ride past a lot of fence posts before finding anything as worthy as "Work Song."" --"Chicago"" Tribune "


"Doig has delivered another compelling tale about America, epic as an Old West saga but as fresh and contemporary as the news." - "Seattle"" Times
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"Richly imagined and beautifully paced." --"Associated Press ("also ran in" San Francisco Chronicle "and elsewhere)


"A classic tale from the heyday of American capitalism by the king of the Western novel." ---"The Daily Beast""(Hot Reads)
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PRAISE FOR "THE WHISTLING SEASON"


"Along with his much praised, incantatory gifts for evoking quintessentially American prairie life and history, the National Book Award finalist brings ... a bushel and peck of irresistible characters, each so full of spunk, wit, ambition or sheer orneriness that not one of them will lie down on the page and sleep for a mom


"Highly textured and evocative ...Doig gives us a poignant saga of a boy becoming a man alongside a town and a bygone way of life inching into the modern era. " - "Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)
"Doig expertly spins out [the] various narrative threads with his usual gift for bringing history alive in the odysseys of marvelously thorny characters...Possibly the best novel yet by one of America's premier storytellers." -"Kirkus "(Starred Review)
"[An] enjoyable, old-fashioned, warmhearted story about fathers and sons, growing up, and big life changes." - "Library Journal"
"Essential reading for anyone who cares about western literature." - "Booklist "(Starred Review)

PRAISE FOR" WORK SONG
"
"As enjoyable and subtly thought-provoking a piece of fiction as you're likely to pick up this summer. It's a book that can be appreciated just for the quality of the prose and the author's adherence to the sturdy conventions of old-fashioned narrative or for Doig's sly gloss on Western genre fiction and unforced evocation of our current condition -- or, better yet, for all those things...A pleasure to read." - "The Los Angeles Times"

"Not one stitch unravels in this intricately threaded narrative ... infectious." -"The New York Times Book Review "


"If you were looking for a novel that best expresses the American spirit, you'd have to ride past a lot of fence posts before finding anything as worthy as Work Song." --"Chicago Tribune"


"Doig has delivered another compelling tale about America, epic as an Old West saga but as fresh and contemporary as the news." - "Seattle Times
"
"Richly imagined and beautifully paced." --"Associated Press "(also ran in San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere)


"A classic tale from the heyday of American capitalism by the king of the Western novel." ---The Daily Beast (Hot Reads)


PRAISE FOR THE WHISTLING SEASON


"Doig cranks into motion a dense valentine of a novel about a father and a small town at the start of the 1960s...Doig writes the tenderness between Rusty and his father vividly, and his facility with natural, vernacular dialogue is often hypnotizing...."The Bartender's Tale "is thoroughly engaging, and the book's soft focus of nostalgia is in itself a kind of pleasure." - "NPR"
"With this expert novel, [Doig] sets himself a larger canvas and fills it with a diverse cast... Fact and fiction are skillfully fused to document a boy's last days of youth and a history his father can't leave behind...Rusty's youthful adventures are enchanting, but Doig does something more--he punctuates them with the colorful local idiom of his father's grizzled punters." - "Newsweek/Daily Beast
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"Highly textured and evocative ...Doig gives us a poignant saga of a boy becoming a man alongside a town and a bygone way of life inching into the modern era. " - "Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review)
"Doig expertly spins out [the] various narrative threads with his usual gift for bringing history alive in the odysseys of marvelously thorny characters...Possibly the best novel yet by one of America's premier storytellers." -"Kirkus "(Starred Review)
"[An] enjoyable, old-fashioned, warmhearted story about fathers and sons, growing up, and big life changes." - "Library Journal"
"Essential reading for anyone who cares about western literature." - "Booklist "(Starred Review)

PRAISE FOR" WORK SONG
"
"As enjoyable and subtly thought-provoking a piece of fiction as you're likely to pick up this summer. It's a book that can be appreciated just for the quality of the prose and the author's adherence to the sturdy conventions of old-fashioned narrative or for Doig's sly gloss on Western genre fiction and unforced evocation of our current condition -- or, better yet, for all those things...A pleasure to read." - "The Los Angeles Times"


"The perfect book for your bedside table. Pick it up, lose yourself in the past and remember what it was like to be twelve years old, when your world and all the people who entered into it felt as fresh as the Montana mountain air." -"Associated Press"
"[The] rewards of "The Bartender's Tale"--a subtle and engaging narrative, characters who behave the way real people behave, the joys of careful and loving observation--remain very great and extremely rare." -"The Washington Post
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"Doig cranks into motion a dense valentine of a novel about a father and a small town at the start of the 1960s... Doig writes the tenderness between Rusty and his father vividly, and his facility with natural, vernacular dialogue is often hypnotizing... "The Bartender's Tale" is thoroughly engaging, and the book's soft focus of nostalgia is in itself a kind of pleasure." -NPR
"Doig is at his best with coming-of-age stories. And he is masterful at exploring the emotional complexities of family and community through the eyes of a precocious youth... [He] has fashioned a moving tale of tolerance, self-discovery and forgiveness in which a child comes to terms with his own origins and in the process opens a new door to his future." -"The Seattle Times
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"With this expert novel, [Doig] sets himself a larger canvas and fills it with a diverse cast... Fact and fiction are skillfully fused to document a boy's last days of youth and a history his father can't leave behind... Rusty's youthful adventures are enchanting, but Doig does something more--he punctuates them with the colorful local idiom of his father's grizzled punters." -"Newsweek/Daily Beast
""Essential reading for anyone who cares about western literature." -"Booklist "(starred review)
"Doig expertly spins out [the] various narrative threads with his usual gift for bringing history alive in the odysseys of marvelously thorny characters... Possibly the best novel yet by one of America's premier storytellers." -"Kirkus "(starred review)
"Highly textured and evocative... Doig gives us a poignant saga of a boy becoming a man alongside a town and a bygone way of life inching into the modern era. " -"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"[An] enjoyable, old-fashioned, warmhearted story about fathers and sons, growing up, and big life changes." -"Library Journal"

An easy-paced memory of Americana, childhood, dreams, and reality set in Montana in the late 1950s is revealed through Doig's excellent writing and David Baker's equally high-quality narration. Through the viewpoint of Rusty from ages seven to 12, the reader is introduced to a variety of exotic characters starting with the boy's father, with whom he has had scant contact up to the beginning of the story. As Rusty's only visible parent, Tom Harry, the owner and bartender of the Medicine Lodge, takes over the care and feeding of his son. Baker's crusty interpretation of Tom contrasts wonderfully with Rusty's childlike though not childish voice. -VERDICT As open and simple as the prairie sky, as deep and complicated as the rushing waters of the rivers, this is a book for a multitude of readers. ["Recommended for fans of old-fashioned, big-hearted, feel-good novels," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Riverhead: Penguin hc, LJ 7/12.-Ed.]-J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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