Goodreads Monday ~ Mink River


Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

Mink River

By Brian Doyle
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
ISBN13: 9780870715853
Pages: 320
Genre: Magical Realism


Like Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” and Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio, ” Brian Doyle’s stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.

In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There’s a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there’s an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it’s thinking. . .

It’s the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

Mink River has been on my list for several reasons, including its 2012 Oregon Book Award nomination. I also admit that being a resident of Oregon for over 5 years now, I had never previously heard of Neawanaka. Would you be interested in reading this? What is currently on your TBR?

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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42 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday ~ Mink River

  1. This title wasn’t on my TBR before but I’m definitely intrigued! I’ll probably wait until I read your thoughts on it before making the final decision. 😉

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  2. Heck yea! adding this to my TBR Danielle! out of that whole blurb, this stuck out the most lol: “a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow” this sounds like the atmospheric reads I rarely come across but can lose myself in very quickly once I start reading. Luv little mysterious towns with a story to tell 🙂

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  3. Books that follow multiple lives always make for a good read. They showcase the diversity within humankind, how each and every one of us is unique and has our own story to tell 🙂 I’d like to hear the river’s confessions! I’m going to add to my TBR list…which is growing at an alarming rate!

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    1. I am not sure why it has not made its way higher up my TBR list. I usually jump at the chance to explore magical realism. I think I truly just forgot 😦 I am going to make a conscious effort to get to this one this year! I would love to discuss thoughts 🙂

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  4. What an interesting book! I don’t know if it’s quite for me, but I have a few friends who might like it!! I also love this idea! I have so many books on my goodreads shelves that I haven’t looked at in forever!

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