Sue’s June Recommendation

The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig

Book Review The bartender's Tale“Dorothy suggested Ivan Doig, who has been writing novels set in the west for 25 years.  I was intrigued by the title of his 11th novel, so I brought it home.  The story is set in the fictional Gros Ventre, Montana during the summer of 1960 and the narrator is 12 year old Rusty Harry, son of the owner of the local watering hole, The Medicine Shoppe.   Doig is a lyrical writer and I am thoroughly enjoying this coming-of-age novel–that just happens to be set in the west. It is not a story of the bartender, but of the strong bonds of love between a father and son.  It’s slow, but intimate pace, reminds me a lot of my favorite writer, Wallace Stegner,  and I cannot wait to pick it up again tonight.”

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