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On the last day of summer, some years ago, a young college graduate moves to Chicago and rents a small apartment on the north side of the city, by the vast and muscular lake. This is the story of the five seasons he lives there, during which he meets gangsters, gamblers, policemen, a brave and garrulous bus driver, a cricket player, a librettist, his first girlfriend, a shy apartment manager, and many other riveting souls, not to mention a wise and personable dog of indeterminate breed.

A love letter to Chicago, the Great American City, and a wry account of a young man's coming-of-age during the one summer in White Sox history when they had the best outfield in baseball, Brian Doyle's Chicago is a novel that will plunge you into a city you will never forget, and may well wish to visit for the rest of your days.

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        BRIAN DOYLE (1956-2017) was the longtime editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author of six collections of essays, two nonfiction books, two collections of "proems," the short story collection Bin Laden's Bald Spot, the novella Cat's Foot, and the novels Mink River, The Plover, and Martin Marten. He is also the editor of several anthologies, including Ho'olaule'a, a collection of writing about the Pacific islands.

        Doyle's books have seven times been finalists for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion, The American Scholar, The Sun, The Georgia Review, and in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times, The Times of London, and The Age (in Australia). His essays have also been reprinted in the annual Best American Essays, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing anthologies.

        Among various honors for his work is a Catholic Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Award for Nature Essays, Foreword Reviews' Novel of the Year award in 2011, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008 (previous recipients include Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O'Connor, and Mary Oliver).

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On the last day of summer, some years ago, a young college graduate moves to Chicago and rents a small apartment on the north side of the city, by the vast and muscular lake. This is the story of the five seasons he lives there, during which he meets gangsters, gamblers, policemen, a brave and garrulous bus driver, a cricket player, a librettist, his first girlfriend, a shy apartment manager, and many other riveting souls, not to mention a wise and personable dog of indeterminate breed.

A love letter to Chicago, the Great American City, and a wry account of a young man's coming-of-age during the one summer in White Sox history when they had the best outfield in baseball, Brian Doyle's Chicago is a novel that will plunge you into a city you will never forget, and may well wish to visit for the rest of your days.

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      • source: Laura Kasischke, National Book Critics Circle Award winner for Space, In Chains
      • content: "In this gorgeous novel, the protagonist is the setting. Although it's full of interesting characters and surprising events, and the narrative is spun with great skill, the true spell it casts on the reader is the spell of atmosphere, its portrait of a time and place so complete that this becomes reading experience that feels like a life experience--the details are that vivid, and the immersion that complete. Chicago is memorable, original, and full of passionate exploration."
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      • content: "Doyle is a born storyteller."
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      • source: Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See
      • content: "Brian Doyle writes with Melville's humor, Whitman's ecstasy, and Faulkner's run-on sentences."
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      • source: Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
      • content: "Brian Doyle's writing is driven by his passion for the human, touchable, daily life, and equally for the untouchable mystery of all else."
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      • source: Peter Matthiessen, National Book Award-winning author of Shadow Country
      • content: "Brian Doyle has a fine quick mind alert for anomaly and quirk--none of them beyond his agile pen."
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      • source: David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and The River Why

      • content: "Doyle's sleights of hand, word, and reality burr up off the page the way bits of heather burr out of a handmade Irish sweater yet the same sweater is stained indigenous orange by a thousand Netarts Bay salmonberries."
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        January 15, 2016
        A nameless college graduate arrives in Chicago at the end of a 1970s summer. In his 15 months there, he grows in maturity and becomes a "storycatcher," a writer of empathy, insight, and passion. In a magical north-side apartment house near Lake Michigan owned by a quiet Greek heiress and maintained by a reclusive Navy retiree, the young man finds a home and neighbors who become friends. There's a librettist, a cricket fanatic, a Scots-born tailor who lives with a detective, and an elderly fellow with a foolproof method for betting on horse races. Every soul strides onto the page vivid and distinct, each drawn with clearsighted, open-hearted emotion. Most important, there's Edward, a dog "of uncertain heritage." Appearing in the narrative seamlessly and with humanlike emotions, thoughts, and behaviors reflected rather than declared, Edward is both dog and metaphor, with a silent wisdom and integrity that keep Doyle's novel from turning into a Mitch Albom feel-good fantasy. Each morning the young man rides the 5 a.m. Sound Asleep Bus driven by kindly and philosophical Donald B. Morris to a Catholic publication. There he reports for an editor straight off The Front Page. In this perhaps roman a clef, the young man mulls over the mores of street basketball and categorizes the blues as he follows gut-churning electric guitars into obscure Lincoln Avenue bars, cheers the White Sox, aids the apartment house owner's financial rescue, and, with Edward, tours odd corners and alleys of Chicago. Page follows page of evocative writing as Doyle celebrates "the shopkeepers and cops and nuns and bus drivers and carpenters and teachers who composed the small vibrant villages that collectively were the real Chicago." The quiet introspection and cleareyed focus on a vibrant and powerful American city makes Doyle's (Martin Marten, 2015, etc.) paean to Chicago a literary jewel.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        Starred review from February 15, 2016
        Newly graduated from college, a young man takes a magazine job in Chicago and moves from the Northeast to the Midwest. Pursuing a dream, he takes an apartment right on Lake Michigan in the north of the city and for over a year explores Chicago and its people with an insatiable curiosity and an open heart. His boss at the magazine, the driver of the bus he frequents, and the gang members he plays basketball with all impart to him a greater understanding of life, but his greatest friendships are made even closer to home. In his own building he finds a common interest with neighboring sports fans during a great White Sox year and also nurtures a deeper connection with the genuine and honest superintendent and his mysterious but insightful dog. This heartfelt collection of vignettes is woven together by the narrator's earnest love of life and people and his desire to grow in his surroundings. Through the lens of one man's first foray into adulthood, Doyle (Martin Marten, 2015) pens a moving ode to the city of Chicago and the singular nature of its people. A warm and entertaining journey of discovery with occasional amazing quirks.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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        Luminous and sensitively rendered accounts of the interface between humans and nature, Doyle's Mink River, The Plover, and Martin Marten are among my favorite novels, and they're loved by folks in the Pacific Northwest as well; all three featured on the Pacific Northwest Book Association's best sellers list. In a departure, here Doyle follows a young college graduate to Chicago, where he acquires his first girlfriend and meets intriguing souls from gangsters and policemen to a talkative bus driver and a charming dog.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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