Advance Praise for "The Plover"""The Plover "is about beauty, loneliness, the mysteries of the sea, albatrosses, an unforgettable young girl, language, healing, and love. And plenty more. Brian Doyle writes with Melville's humor, Whitman's ecstasy, and Faulkner's run-on sentences; in this book he has somehow unified his considerable talents into an affirming, whimsical, exuberant, and pelagic wonder. Few contemporary novels shimmer like this one." --Anthony Doerr, author of "The Shell Collector""Brian Doyle has spun a great sea story, filled with apparitions, poetry, thrills, and wisdom. The sweet, buoyant joy under every sentence carried me along and had me cheering. I enjoyed this book enormously." --Ian Frazier, author of "Travels in Siberia""" "Board this boat! Here's Doyle at his probing, astonishing, wordslinging best." --Robin Cody, author of "Voyage of a Summer Sun" Past Praise for Brian Doyle"Some people can write. Some people can feel. Brian Doyle, born with a silver tongue and a big heart, is among the lucky few who can do both." --Anne Fadiman, author of "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down""Virginia Woolf addressed what she called the Common Reader--Brian Doyle doesn't have any of those. His readers turn instantly and preternaturally uncommon, seeing and feeling and noticing and knowing what they have never before taken in: a kind of laughing piercing antic holiness. To read Brian Doyle is to apprehend, all at once, the force that drives Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman, and James Joyce, and Emily Dickinson, and Francis of Assisi, and Jonah under his gourd. Brian Doyle is an extraordinary writer whose tales will endure." --Cynthia Ozick, National Book Critics' Circle Award-winning author of "Quarrel and Quandary ""Brian Doyle has a fine quick mind alert for anomaly and quirk--none of them beyond his agile pen." --Peter Matthiessen, National Book Award-winning author of "Shadow Country""Brian Doyle's writing is driven
BRIAN DOYLE edits "Portland Magazine" at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author of thirteen books: 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 novel "Mink River." He is also the editor of several anthologies, most recently "Hoolaulea," 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).
A compelling, marvelous novel by Brian Doyle, the acclaimed author of "Mink River" Declan O Donnell has left Oregon aboard his boat, the "Plover, "to escape the life that's so troubled him on land. He sets course west into the Pacific in search of solitude. Instead, he finds a crew, each in search of something themselves, and what at first seems a lonely sea voyage becomes a rapturous, heartfelt celebration of life's surprising paths, planned and unplanned.