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Book Title: North|
The author of the book: Frederick Busch
ISBN 13: 9780345486837
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 516 KB
Edition: Ballantine Books
Date of issue: April 25th 2006
Read full description of the books North:There was a time I read a lot of detective stories. I enjoyed them but was never obsessed with them. I suspect this is because so many detective stories morph into series and I am generally not a fan of literary series. If I find myself reading the 4th book in a series and I haven't read the first 3, I wonder what I have missed, what pieces of the detective's life don't I know that add nuance to his character. When I bought "North" at a book sale I did not know Frederick Busch and I did not notice this was a detective story, and I certainly didn't know it was a sequel to a book published in 1997, "Girls". I bought the book because it was a book sale for a good cause, and because it takes place in upstate New York, not far from where I live. Apparently Frederick Busch lives in upstate New York and it shows in his writing. He obviously knows the sights and sounds and wildlife and the unpredictable weather, as well as the small town feel of life north of New York City. (And yes, I imagine that he why he has titled the book "North".) So I did enjoy the setting, and the quasi-detective Jack is engaging and sad and human, and the story is compelling though a bit predictable. This book was published in 2005 so I didn't feel lost because I never read its 1997 prequel. It was easy to read and I was entertained. I won't go out of my way to read another Frederick Busch novel but I will be happy to read another should it fall in my path.
Read information about the authorFrederick Busch (1941–2006) was the recipient of many honors, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, a National Jewish Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award. The prolific author of sixteen novels and six collections of short stories, Busch is renowned for his writing’s emotional nuance and minimal, plainspoken style. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lived most of his life in upstate New York, where he worked for forty years as a professor at Colgate University.
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