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Border Songs by Jim Lynch
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Feb 13, 2010

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Read from February 04 to 13, 2010

I picked this up on the strength of having thoroughly enjoyed Lynch's earlier work, "The Highest Tide". I wasn't disappointed. Lynch fills his well written stories with interesting humorous characters. This one involves shy, dyslexic giant Brandon Vanderkool who has a love of birds/birdcalls and art. He's recently been pushed by his father off their struggling dairy farm situated along the Border with British columbia, Canada to join the U.S. Border Patrol. Brandon has a knack for tripping upon some illegal alien, drug smuggling, or terrorist plot event which earns him the nickname of "shit magnet". Brandon is trying to find a way to get involved with Madeline Rooseau who is the daughter of Walt, their close Canadian neighbor located on the other side of the ditch separating their dairy farm from Canada. Madeline just happens to be secretly working for one of Canada's biggest marijuana growers/smugglers and her father and Bandons's father Norm are constantly feuding. Norm is also lusting after his mysteriously well off neighbor, Sophie who runs a "Masseuse" business and Norm's wife Jenn is in the early stages of alzheimer's. Add to this Norm's constant struggles to save his dairy farm and the temptation to be paid to "look the other way" proposed by a stranger who wants to be free to move through his land during night time border crossings and you have all the ingredients for a fun read.

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