Books by Brian Doyle
In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There’s a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there is an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it’s thinking. Mink River is the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.
Declan O’Donnell has sailed deep into the vast, wild ocean, having had just finally enough of other people and their problems. He will go it alone, he will be his own country, he will be beholden to and beloved of no one. But the galaxy soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining, and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. This is the story of their adventures and misadventures in the immense blue country one of their company calls Pacifica. Hounded by a mysterious enemy, reluctantly acquiring one new resident after another, Declan O’Donnell’s lonely boat is eventually crammed with humor, argument, tension, and a resident herring gull. The Plover is a sea novel, a maritime adventure, the story of a cold man melting, a compendium of small miracles, an elegy to Edmund Burke, a watery quest, a battle at sea–and a rapturous, heartfelt celebration of life’s surprising paths, planned and unplanned.
Dave is fourteen years old, living with his family in a cabin on Oregon s Mount Hood (or as he prefers to call it, like the Multnomah tribal peoples once did, Wy east). Dave will soon enter high school, with adulthood and a future not far off a future away from his mother, father, his precocious younger sister, and the wilderness where he s lived all his life. And Dave is not the only one approaching adulthood and its freedoms on Wy east that summer. Martin, a pine marten (of the mustelid family) is leaving his own mother and siblings and setting off on his own as well. As Dave and Martin set off on their own adventures, their lives, paths, and trails will cross, weave, and blend. Why not come with them as they set forth into the forest and crags of Oregon s soaring mountain wilderness in search of life, family, friends, enemies, wonder, mystery, and good things to eat? Martin Marten is a braided coming-of-age tale like no other, told in Brian Doyle s joyous, rollicking style.
CHILDREN AND OTHER WILD ANIMALS
Novelist and essayist Brian Doyle describes encounters with astounding beings of every sort and shape in this collection of short vignettes. The book gathers previously unpublished work along with selections that have been published in Orion, The Sun, and The American Scholar, among others.
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
How the Light Gets In is comprised of sixty prose poems (“proems,” by the author’s reckoning) on matters theological, spiritual, and mystical. Doyle’s “proems” are lyrical creations resemble poetry, but devoid of any meter or typical poetic structure – and yet they are not strictly prose either. These sixty selections will focus on the mundane and the everyday, but with a theological and a spiritual focus/gloss. According to Annie Dillard, Brian Doyle, the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland in Oregon, head up the finest spiritual magazine in America.