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Snapper

Kimberling, Brian (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Working as a birdwatching guide to scrape together enough money to survive, Nathan Lochmueller performs nature research in backwater Indiana, where he falls in love with a heartbreaking free spirit named Lola and confronts the accidental turns of his life.
Authors: Kimberling, Brian
Title: Snapper
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 210 p. ;,22 cm
Summary: Working as a birdwatching guide to scrape together enough money to survive, Nathan Lochmueller performs nature research in backwater Indiana, where he falls in love with a heartbreaking free spirit named Lola and confronts the accidental turns of his life.
ISBN: 0307908054
9780307908056
Statement of Responsibility: Brian Kimberling
Subject Headings: Indiana Fiction Bird watching Fiction
Topical Term: Bird watching
LCCN: 2012026589
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Jul 05, 2014
  • neuromanson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautiful. "Snapper" has a lovely, thoughtful tone, even when godawful things are happening. I couldn't believe this was a first novel - until I just read here that Brian Kimberling is a playwright. I can't wait to read something - anything! - else he's written!

Just found out! There's a "taster" ebook called "Nationwide" - in advance of a book by the same name. Wonder if KCLS has it....? :)

Jun 03, 2014
  • RiponGood rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very good book. The author seamlessly splices irreverent wit with honest vulnerability, and produces an interesting episodic story. It shows that growing pains don't always remain behind in childhood.

Sep 25, 2013
  • paschalville rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

delightful little read! if you didn't grow up in a cosmopolitan area and tried to live in/with/despite of your rural upbringing and loyalty, this book will hit all the right notes. highly recommended!

Aug 16, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent on birdwatching, a little tedious on relationships, this book is a bitter indictment of Southern Illinois people.

Jun 12, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This novel has the author reaching back into his childhood in Indiana. The main character, Nathan Lochmueller studied philosophy at university and got a job gathering primary bird research for universities and government use. It doesn't pay that well, but he enjoys the independent nature of the work and being outdoors. He drives a battered truck named Gypsy Moth and loves a woman named Lola that he met just after high school. The characters of his family and friends come alive here from Shane, his best friend growing up who became a family man and children's librarian, to Kia, the German shepherd who loves to sing along to bad country songs and once found a bone Nate doesn't know what to do with.
Above all are the birds, including his favourite, the woodthrush. His least favourite are the raptors, although he comes to work with them closely. This is a book that invokes place, the cities, the small towns, the sense of community, the prejudices that make settings come alive.

Jun 08, 2013
  • Winnipeg1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Smart, hilarious 'my first job' tale. Laugh-out-loud funny observations and one particularly backwoods section of Indiana. An easy read, but worth it any day!

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Aug 16, 2013
  • BrickBook rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

". . since Dolly Parton was flat-chested. Her joke, not mine."

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