True North

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 167 ratings

True North Publisher's Summary

The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force more than a father and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at 14 by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way.

As David comes to adulthood, enlightened and enlivened at various points by an unforgettable triumvirate of intoxicating women, he realizes he must come to terms with his forefathers' rapacious destruction of the wood of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, as well as the working people who made their wealth possible. With over 30 years of searching for the truth of what his family has done and trying to make amends, David looks close at the root of his father's evil, and threatens, like Icarus, to destroy himself.

©2004 Jim Harrison (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • True North

    • By: Jim Harrison
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76

    The scion of a family of wealthy timber barons, David Burkett has grown up with a father who is a malevolent force more than a father and a mother made vague and numb by alcohol and pills. He and his sister Cynthia, a firecracker who scandalizes the family at 14 by taking up with the son of their Finnish-Native American gardener, are mostly left to make their own way.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book

    • By Paul Z. on 02-14-10

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 2

    • Returning to Earth

    • By: Jim Harrison
    • Narrated by: Traci Svendsgaard, Tom Weiner, Ray Porter, and others
    • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    In this sequel to Harrison's True North, Donald Burkett, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. While his wife, Cynthia, transcribes, Donald begins dictating his family history for the benefit of their children, stories that he never before has shared. As old crimes, dreams, wounds, and sacred moments are revived for the members of Donald's family, each is affected in different and profound ways.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Powerful Genuine Realistic

    • By Brian Michael Fielding on 12-03-08

    Regular price: $17.47