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The Bartender's Tale

Two Medicine Country

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From a great American storyteller, a one-of-a-kind father and his precocious son, rocked by a time of change.


Tom Harry has a streak of frost in his black pompadour and a venerable bar called The Medicine Lodge, the chief watering hole and last refuge of the town of Gros Ventre, in northern Montana. Tom also has a son named Rusty, an “accident between the sheets” whose mother deserted them both years ago.The pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home, but they manage just fine. 

Until the summer of 1960, that is, when Rusty  turns twelve. Change arrives with gale force, in the person of Proxy, a taxi dancer Tom knew back when, and her beatnik daughter, Francine. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own. As Rusty struggles to decipher the oddities of adult behavior and the mysteries build toward a reckoning, Ivan Doig wonderfully captures how the world becomes bigger and the past becomes more complex in the last moments of childhood.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 11, 2012 – The summer of 1960 stretches wide in Doig s highly textured and evocative new novel, which returns to Work Song and The Whistling Season s Two Medicine County, Mont. After living half his life in Phoenix, Ariz., with his aunt, 12-year-old Russell Rusty Harry comes back to the tiny town of Gros Ventre to live with his father, Tom, the owner of a popular saloon. Rusty s mother has been gone since she and Tom split the blanket 12 years ago. Rusty entertains himself in the cavernous back room, which Tom operates like a pawnshop, taking in all manner of miscellany so sheepherders, ranchers, and others can pay for their drinks. When a local cafe comes under new ownership, 12-year-old Zoe Constantine shows up and soon becomes Rusty s partner in crime in the backroom, listening to the bar through a concealed air vent. It s a summer of change and new arrivals, as Delano Robertson, from Washington, D.C., comes to Gros Ventre to record the Missing Voices of America, followed by the mysterious and sultry Proxy Duff and her 21-year-old daughter, Francine, who both claim a special connection to Tom. Filtering the world through Rusty s eyes, Doig gives us a poignant saga of a boy becoming a man alongside a town and a bygone way of life inching into the modern era.

Customer Reviews

John

What an enjoyable book--one I didn't want to end I don't believe that Ivan Doig could have told this tale any better. Told through the voice of a 12 year old boy, 1960 becomes a year to be remembered in Montana. Call it a coming of age story if you will, Doig's knowledge and love of Montana comes through with his normal charm. Full of interesting characters, the "tale" unwinds a little at a time with increasing surprises. Tom Harry will become your new favorite character.

The bartender'sTale

Excellent, believable characters, great depiction of place.

Ahhh

This is one of those books that you wish didn’t have to end.

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The Bartender's Tale
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 21, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Two Medicine Country
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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