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The Bartender's Tale

(2012)
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From a great American storyteller, a one-of-a-kind father and his precocious son, rocked by a time of change.

Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an "accident between the sheets" whose mother deserted them both years ago.The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine.

Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. 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.

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Hardback Editions

January 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bartenders Tale (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Ivan Doig
ISBN: 1-4104-5459-2 / 978-1-4104-5459-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bartender's Tale
Author(s): Ivan Doig
ISBN: 1-59448-735-9 / 978-1-59448-735-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bartender's Tale
Author(s): Ivan Doig
ISBN: 1-59463-148-4 / 978-1-59463-148-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Audio Editions

August 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Bartender's Tale
Author(s): Ivan Doig
Publisher: Recorded Books
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2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Bartender's Tale [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
Author(s): Ivan Doig
ISBN: 1-4640-4327-2 / 978-1-4640-4327-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Bartender's Tale
Author(s): Ivan Doig
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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