Border Songs
Border Songs
Jim Lynch

It is one of the particular pleasures of being a bookseller that every now and then I read a book that brings the world into sharper focus and ontological shadows into light. A book that creates a penumbra of perception that allows the world to shimmer with greater intensity—so finely constructed, with characters and story so well wrought and the author's sensibility so finely honed, that the act of reading the book is like imbibing an alchemical elixir. Jim Lynch's Border Songs is such a book.
—Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

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. 

Title Border Songs
Author Jim Lynch
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 13 July 2010
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 304 p.
ISBN-10 0307456269
ISBN-13 9780307456267
Publication Date 13 July 2010
Main content page count 304
Weight 16 oz.

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