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Martin Marten (Hardback)
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Martin Marten (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 05/05/2015
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Dave is fourteen years old, living with his family in a cabin on Oregon's Mount Hood (or as Dave prefers to call it, like the Native Americans once did, Wy'east). He is entering high school, adulthood on the horizon not far off in distance, and contemplating a future away from his mother, father, and his precocious younger sister. And Dave is not the only one approaching adulthood and its freedoms on Wy'east that summer. Martin, a pine marten (a small animal of the deep woods, of the otter/mink family), is leaving his own mother and siblings and setting off on his own as well. As Martin and Dave's paths cross on forest trails and rocky mountaintops, they-and we-witness the full, unknowable breadth and vast sweep of life, and the awe-inspiring interconnectedness of the world and its many inhabitants, human and otherwise. Martin Marten is a coming-of-age tale like no other, told in Brian Doyle's joyous, rollicking style.

Publisher: St Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250045201
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 396 g
Dimensions: 216 x 147 x 28 mm


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"I read aloud with the family ... Martin Marten by Brian Doyle everyone sprawled on couches under kerosene light. The experience was extraordinary and moving, thanks mostly to ... Doyle. I urge you to give that a try yourself, if and when you can." --The New York Times

"Martin Marten is a joyous celebration of the complexities of life told by a master storyteller. You will want to share it with your family and friends." --Neil Abramson, author of Unsaid

"Martin Marten is a daring and delightful creation. As well as any novelist working today, Brian Doyle blends animal and human kingdoms into a seamless hopeful narrative overflowing with the wonderment of life. So artfully does he weave the feelings and impulses of his imagined people and wildlife that Doyle himself must be half-man, half-critter. Martin Marten should be required reading for all humans." --Jim Lynch, author of the novels Truth Like the Sun, Border Songs, and The Highest Tide

"Brian Doyle's gorgeous new novel is a hypnotic, luxurious journey through our natural world--a mind-bending celebration of how sweet each day can be. Martin Marten is composed with musical prose and sparkling, quirky characters who remind us that humanity is still capable of great good, and bliss might well lie just beyond our own back doors. A modern day Siddhartha set in the lush Pacific Northwest, Martin Marten awakens readers to the interconnected worlds that define the landscape of one glorious mountain, and the common boundaries of its infinite souls" --Carol Cassella, author of Gemini

"Behold a tale both wonderful and wise about the mysteries of adolescence, the interconnectedness of the natural world, and the nature of existence itself. Insightful, heartwarming, and beautifully written, Brian Doyle's Martin Marten will have you cheering for characters across the species divide." --Brian Payton, author of The Wind Is Not a River

"Doyle is a born storyteller. ... Life in the Northwest woods may be fanciful in Martin Marten, but the characters emerge true as rain." --Seattle Times

"A rich, wise tale of two creatures from different species whose lives run parallel to each other." --Shelf Awareness

"Flows along absorbingly, avoiding sentiment while imparting a quiet acceptance of the rhythms of the natural and human worlds. Highly recommended; even city slickers
can love." --Library Journal (starred)

"Utterly winning." --The Wall Street Journal

"Brian Doyle seeks that magical connection with the reader and, in Martin Marten, is wonderfully successful in his effort." --Portland Book Review

"[Brian Doyle's] a guy with a penchant for piquant detail, and possibly a cosmic agenda. When you finish reading a novel by Doyle, you're bound to feel more attuned to the universe." --Kitsap Sun

"Reading it feels a bit like wandering through the woods all day just for the pleasure of it, with no particular plans. Indeed, at times his prose feels like the very embodiment of a marten moving through the forest--by turns playful, reverent, breathless, and fierce." --Orion

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