Brown Dog

Brown Dog

“Among the most indelible American novelists of the last hundred years. . . . [Harrison] remains at the height of his powers.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times on The River Swimmer

New York Times best-selling author Jim Harrison is one of America’s most beloved writers, and of all his creations, Brown Dog, a bawdy, reckless, down-on-his-luck Michigan Indian, has earned cult status with readers in the more than two decades since his first appearance. For the first time, Brown Dog gathers all the Brown Dog novellas, including one never-published one, into one volume—the ideal introduction (or reintroduction) to Harrison’s irresistible Everyman.

In these novellas, BD rescues the preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior’s cold waters; overindulges in food, drink, and women while just scraping by in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; wanders Los Angeles in search of an ersatz Native activist who stole his bearskin; adopts two Native children; and flees the authorities, then returns across the Canadian border aboard an Indian rock band’s tour bus. The collection culminates with He Dog, never before published, which finds BD marginally employed and still looking for love (or sometimes just a few beers and a roll in the hay), as he goes on a road trip from Michigan to Montana and back, arriving home to the prospect of family stability and, perhaps, a chance at redemption.

Brown Dog underscores Harrison’s place as one of America’s most irrepressible writers, and one of the finest practitioners of the novella form.

Praise for Jim Harrison’s Brown Dog:

“There is broad comedy in the writing, but also tenderness, and never a moment when the reader isn’t rooting for Brown Dog to get it right. . . . We would all be the poorer if deprived of Jim Harrison’s first-rate stories.”—The New York Times Book Review on The Summer He Didn’t Die

“Brown Dog, an old friend to fans of Harrison, . . . boasts the rare ability to reject the frills and artificial complexities of modern life and keep to the basics. . . . Like reading a book describing dear friends.”—Miami Herald on The Farmer’s Daughter

“A 21st-century version of Huck Finn.”—The Charleston Gazette on The Farmer’s Daughter

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    Brown Dog Reviews

  • Michael

    I loved this new collection of novellas from one of my favorite writers. Harrison’s character Brown Dog is one of those unforgettable creations in literature, an outrageous womanizer with a good hea...

  • Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*

    Brown Dog, or B.D., is a simple man of simple needs and simple pleasures. These are in no particular order, sex, alcohol, cooking, sex, nature, sex, menial work, alcohol, fishing, sex, alcohol....etc....

  • Tony

    I have been accused recently of not taking things seriously, by a fictional character no less. I did not dwell on that, figuring I'd wait for more specific charges. I suppose I could file a request fo...

  • ?Karen

    These are six or seven little novellas about a guy named Brown Dog, or B.D., who may or may not be part Indian, he doesn't  know.  The stories are full of petty crimes and sex all around the norther...

  • Sal Glynn

    Brown Dog, B.D. to his friends and some law officers, is a man of great heart and few needs in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He lives in deer shacks out of season in exchange for repairs, wets a line fo...

  • J.K. Grice

    Jim Harrison probably isn't for everybody, but I really like most of his stuff. BROWN DOG is a wonderful grouping of stories involving the Upper Peninsula Native American character, Brown Dog. I liked...

  • Keith

    Brown Dog or BD as he's known to his friends and family, is almost the perfect anti-hero. Almost, because if he were any more perfect he would be unbelievable and he is very believable. I know this ma...

  • Washington Post

    Harrison is arguably America’s foremost master of the novella and this volume collects his works. Harrison’s work is about the transcendence of wildness. Many of his characters don’t care what s...

  • Andy Weston

    Brown Dog, or BD, is the sort of character that epitomises Harrison’s writing. He is a Michigandan who may or may not have Chippewa Indian blood in him. With his home a hunting shack, he is a lazy a...

  • Jeanette

    Tall-tales of B.D. continue. He has no SS# and does not pay taxes. Money comes by morning (little or windfall) and is gone by night. His favorite temperature and miles per hour speed are both 49. His ...