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Declan O Donnell has sailed out of Oregon and 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. No man is an island, my butt, he thinks. I am that very man....

But the galaxy soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining, and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. The Plover 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.

Brian Doyle's 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.

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Praise for this book

"Brian Doyle writes with Melville's humor, Whitman's ecstasy, and Faulkner's run-on sentences...Few contemporary novels shimmer like this one." - Anthony Doerr


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Used availability for Brian Doyle's The Plover

Hardback Editions

April 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Plover: A Novel
Author(s): Brian Doyle
ISBN: 1-250-03477-9 / 978-1-250-03477-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
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August 2014 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Plover
Author(s): Brian Doyle
ISBN: 1-62899-156-9 / 978-1-62899-156-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Plover: A Novel
Author(s): Brian Doyle
ISBN: 1-250-06245-4 / 978-1-250-06245-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Plover
Author(s): Brian Doyle
ISBN: 1-4945-0198-8 / 978-1-4945-0198-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Plover
Author(s): Brian Doyle
ISBN: 1-4945-3198-4 / 978-1-4945-3198-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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May 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Plover
Author(s): Brian Doyle
ISBN: 1-4945-5198-5 / 978-1-4945-5198-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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May 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Plover
Author(s): Brian Doyle
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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May 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Plover
Author(s): Brian Doyle
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Plover: A Novel
Author(s): Brian Doyle
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA