Audie Award Nominee, Fiction, 2013
Time and again, Ivan Doig has proven himself to be a treasure of American letters. Critical darlings and New York Times best sellers, his novels target the heart of the human experience and never miss the mark.
The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.
As Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.
©2012 Ivan Doig (P)2012 Recorded Books
As far as contemporary fiction goes, this one gets 5 Stars. The original storyline introduces us to a single father, whose son is being raised, unhappily, by an aunt. The father makes a decision to bring his son home, and together, they grow up running a bar. A wonderful father and son story that is not ruined by stereotypes or over the top emotion. Characters are rich and unique. Even though the storyline spans a couple of decades, the author presents it as just a "slice of life." Contemporary fiction isn't often my thing, but this book was. David Aaron Baker was absolutely the perfect choice for narration.
My father recently passed away and Tom Harry (the bartender) reminded me so much of my dad with his sayings and philosophy — don't do anything stupid. The narrator is terrific. The writing style makes this a very easy listen. Highly recommend.
The narration of this book was excellent. The story in this book is unfulfilling. There were some interesting aspects to the story in that you get a sense of life in Montana's rugged country, and some other historical peeks, but the personal story that is interwoven with some fairly interesting characters reads flat to me and I just can't recommend this as a good read/listen. I couldn't stop listening because I was hoping for some vim and vigor which never occurred. I also compared notes with a sibling that read the book at the same time that I listened to it and we were both disappointed.
I've been listening to audio books for years and have been an audible subscriber for ? 10 years maybe? A long time anyway.
I cannot answer this question as I've only listened to it.
Hmmm...name any autobiography. The place and timing are a bit different from most I've read however.
I'm actually not finished yet. That is how strongly I feel about this book. I love the father's gruff but loving words of advise. I love Rusty's description of his favorite room in 'the joint'.
Well, so far, it really isn't the Bartender's tale, but Rusty, the son's tale. But, I don't think I'd change it.
I'm anxious to share this book with my friend who is a native of Montana. I've read several books that take place in Wyoming, but none in Montana, so I'm enjoying learning a little bit about it's description and a little history.
this book has good history interesting characters
Rusty, the son story was told through his eyes as a child, very clear and honest
when rusty saved Delano
pretty tough to make it through this book: slow, 1D characters, phony western style, no one has ever fished for trout with "chicken guts" acc if they did, they wouldn't call it chicken guts.
I love how former families are carried thru Doig's stories. I wonder about the Duff family! On to the next!
Entertaining. Refreshing. Great Audible book.
The story about a boy growing up in the country with his dad, the Bartender. It was just so well written.
No, but his narration was fabulous. I will look for others.
Warmed my heart.
It was just such a sweet tale that grabbed you from the get go.
Zoey - spunky.
First, there should be a film made of this book. It would be awesome.
Tag line ... Demand to see the roots.
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