The Farmer’s Daughter by Jim Harrison (2010)
I discovered Jim Harrison when Anthony Bourdain featured him and his hometown of Livingston, Montana, on his food and travel show No Reservations. Since then I’ve read three of his books, the best being The Farmer’s Daughter, a collection of three novellas.
In the first, a girl grows up quick in Montana. In the second, an alcoholic Indian chases women and struggles to take of his niece; and finally, a werewolf roams the Mexican countryside. I’m still not sure if I like Harrison’s longwinded style, but his passion for food, music, art, and the wilderness keep me coming back.
Great Dream of Heaven by Sam Shepard (2002)
Sam Shepard, a world-renowned playwright, is also an excellent short story author. His collection, Great Dream of Heaven, is innovative, refreshing, fast moving, and brilliant. I found myself reading some of the stories out loud to my friends and family. Great Dream of Heaven is a must read.
Read an excerpt from “The Remedy Man” at Random House’s website. See what the reviews say at Amazon.com.
Livability by Jon Raymond (2009)
This short story collection is set in and around Portland, Oregon, and follows characters at transition points in life. Two of the nine stories have been adapted into independent feature films directed by Kelly Reichardt.
Listen to the author read from Livability and check out the Amazon.com reviews.