In his new book Border Songs, Jim Lynch takes us to the western end of the U.S.-Canadian border, where Border Patrol is more likely to intercept massive loads of marijuana than it is to apprehend terrorists.
Jim says "I got hooked on the notion of setting a novel along the border after several trips up there as a journalist looking into security fears and marijuana smuggling. The western end of the border is not only gorgeous but a mindbender, too, seeing how the two countries are often divided by nothing more than a drainage ditch. Just the sight of the ever increasing number of green-and-white Border Patrol cars traversing the quiet farmlands was enough to get the novel rolling in my head. And yes, there were many news flashes on both sides of the ditch that helped inspire this story."
Rich in characters contending with a swiftly changing world and their own elusive hopes and dreams, Border Songs is at once comic and tender and momentous—a riveting portrait of a distinctive community, an extraordinary love story and fiction of the highest order.
Jim Lynch Book Readings and Signings:
Tonight, 7:00 at Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232.
Thursday, July 23 7:30 p.m. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
Friday, July 24 7:00 p.m. Tigard Public Library, 13500 SW Hall Blvd., Tigard, OR 97223.