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A magnificent novel of birding, smuggling, farming and extraordinary love, Border Songs welcomes us to a changing community populated with some of the most memorable characters in recent fiction. Written by the author of The Highest Tide, Jim Lynch.

Set in the previously sleepy hinterlands straddling Washington state and British Columbia, Border Songs is the story of Brandon Vanderkool, six foot eight, frequently tongue-tied, severely dyslexic, and romantically inept. Passionate about bird-watching, Brandon has a hard time mustering enthusiasm for his new job as a Border Patrol agent guarding thirty miles of largely invisible boundary. But to everyone’s surprise, he excels at catching illegals, and as drug runners, politicians, surveillance cameras, and a potential sweetheart flock to this scrap of land, Brandon is suddenly at the center of something much bigger than himself.

“Border Songs has the kind of ambling, provincial whimsy found in Richard Russo’s small-town tales and the hard-bitten optimism that colors Larry McMurtry’s…. A gifted and original novelist.” —The New York Times

“Wonderfully quirky, all-too-human, tender and uproarious…. His characters are achingly real and remarkably communal in their shared sense of one another…. This is a splendid, funny, remarkable novel.” —Providence Journal

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