A Good Day to Dieby Jim Harrison
“[Harrison] knows life in a way that few will admit to, and writes about it in a ribald, vigorous, and intelligent fashion. . . . A national treasure.” —Chicago Tribune
“Mr. Harrison’s perceptions are jagged and cutting . . . a remarkably well-plotted story.”—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
The New York Times bestselling author of thirty-nine books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry—including Legends of the Fall, Dalva, and Returning to Earth—Jim Harrison was one of our most beloved and acclaimed writers, adored by both readers and critics. His novel A Good Day to Die centers on an unlikely trio: a poet with a tendency to lapse into beatific reveries of superb fishing in cold, fast streams; a Vietnam vet consumed by uppers, downers, and violence; and a girl who loved only one of them—at first. With plans conceived during the madness of one long drunken night, the three of them leave Florida, driving west to buy a case of dynamite, determined to save the Grand Canyon from a dam they believe is about to be built. A Good Day to Die is an unrelenting tour de force, and a dark exploration of what it means to live beyond the pale in contemporary America. Returning Harrison fans will be ecstatic to find this in print once again, and for new readers, this work serves as the perfect introduction to Harrison’s remarkable insight, storytelling, and evocation of the natural world.
“I found myself racing along, utterly caught up in the momentum of the story and eager to find out how it would turn out . . . Mr. Harrison’s perceptions are jagged and cutting . . . a remarkably well-plotted story.”—Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times“A singular joy to read.”—Harry Crews
“One of the very best fiction writers in America.”—Playboy
“Jack Kerouac’s highway hopes claimed by studded tires! . . . What amazes here is the fact that Harrison never lets up—from chemical high to emotional plunge, one disconnected cry after another. For those who enjoy driving without a steering wheel, this book is a must.”—Fiction International