The Farmer's Daughter

by Jim Harrison | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780802145024 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingover-the-moonwing of Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on 1/26/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by wingover-the-moonwing from Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Bought in l'Imprudence bookshop in Vevey. I have quite a few Harrisons on my pile to be read but could not resist buying another, especially as it has such a nice feel about it.

Journal Entry 2 by wingover-the-moonwing at Lausanne, Vaud Switzerland on Sunday, April 10, 2022
Three novellas. The first is the Farmer's Daughter; she is 15, Sarah, home-schooled. Father moves family to Montana, mother leaves, Sarah makes friends with an old neighbour, Tim, and more or less adopts his dog who is also called Sarah so Sarah calls her Rover.
After being drugged and molested at a fair, Sarah determines to shoot the perpetrator, Karl, something that motivates her throughout the rest of the story. One can't blame her. I was just a little puzzled that after being molested (I will not go into details) Sarah was able to see, by the use of a mirror, that her hymen was still intact. Is that possible? I must have lived a very sheltered life.
I had to look up chicken-fried steak, it doesn't look very appetizing.

The next story is the Brown Dog, redux - I have the first book about Brown Dog somewhere on my pile so maybe I should read that before this one. (Digging it out, I see it's a collection of short stories). Added later: I read this story in sequence with the other novellas in the book Brown Dog.

The third novella here is The Games of Night. It scoots along (as does the Farmer's Daughter, barely time to take breath).
Young teenager Samuel accompanies his father on a hummingbee-watching expedition, gets pecked on the cheek by a hummingbee then bitten on the neck by a wolf cub they'd rescued, but they had to break its neck to get it off. Subsequently Samuel develops a strange disease that fills him with massive amounts of energy, his appetites fuelled by the enormous amounts of meat he devours, increasing at every full moon so much so that he has to go off far away from civilization to fight it all off (sometimes not far enough from civilization, to his horror when he comes back to his senses). Quite bawdy and sensual, a rollicking story.

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