The next question in the 30 Days of Books list is a good one:
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
This is an interesting one because just the other day I remarked to a friend a book that I’d wish more people had read. Jim Harrison’s wonderful novel, Returning to Earth.
Donald, a man of mixed Native American/European descent is dying of Lou Gehrig’s Disease in a poor community of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As he reckons his life and his impending death, he tries to tell his family his stories in hopes of preserving something — something good or meaningful from his life. His family in turn must deal with his passing and its impact on all of them.
Harrison’s capacity as a poet rings throughout in the prose of this quietly beautiful and heartbreaking book. This is a story about how we deal with life, with death and trying to summon the dignity and grace to understand both.