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Returning to Earth

(2006)
A novel by

 
 
"The longtime chronicler of Michigan's Upper Peninsula . . . gives eloquent expression to death and the grieving process." - Booklist

Hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "a master . . . who makes the ordinary extraordinary, the unnamable unforgettable," beloved author Jim Harrison returns with a masterpiece - a tender, profound, and magnificent novel about life, death, and finding redemption in unlikely places. Donald is a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease. His condition deteriorating, he realizes no one will be able to pass on to his children their family history once he is gone. He begins dictating to his wife, Cynthia, stories he has never shared with anyone as around him, his family struggles to lay him to rest with the same dignity with which he has lived. Over the course of the year following Donald's death, his daughter begins studying Chippewa ideas of death for clues about her father's religion, while Cynthia, bereft of the family she created to escape the malevolent influence of her own father, finds that redeeming the past is not a lost cause. Returning to Earth is a deeply moving book about origins and endings, making sense of loss, and living with honor for the dead. It is among the finest novels of Harrison's long, storied career, and confirms his standing as one of the most important American writers.

"A deeply felt meditation on life and death, nature and God, this is one of Harrison's finest works." - Library Journal

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Jim Harrison's Returning to Earth

Hardback Editions

June 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 1-59722-522-3 / 978-1-59722-522-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
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February 2007 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-88784-211-9 / 978-0-88784-211-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Anansi
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January 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-8021-1843-7 / 978-0-8021-1843-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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November 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Returning to Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-8021-1838-0 / 978-0-8021-1838-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Paperback Editions

September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Returning to Earth: A Novel
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-8021-4331-8 / 978-0-8021-4331-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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September 2007 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-88784-786-2 / 978-0-88784-786-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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Audio Editions

2008 : USA Audio CD

Title: Returning to Earth - on Playaway
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 1-60775-432-0 / 978-1-60775-432-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Playaway
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February 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2007 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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January 2007 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-7861-4679-6 / 978-0-7861-4679-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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January 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-7861-6677-0 / 978-0-7861-6677-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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January 2007 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-7861-4945-0 / 978-0-7861-4945-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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January 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Returning to Earth Lib/E
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-7861-5875-1 / 978-0-7861-5875-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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January 2007 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
ISBN: 0-7861-7361-0 / 978-0-7861-7361-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Returning to Earth
Author(s): Jim Harrison
Publisher: Grove Press
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