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The Americans Are Coming

by Herb Curtis

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literary, humorous
list price: $18.99
also available: Paperback eBook
category: Fiction
published: 1999
imprint: GLE Library

The Americans Are Coming, the first novel of The Brennen Siding Trilogy, introduces teenagers Dryfly Ramsey and Shadrack Nash, poor and ignorant in the world's terms, but rich in the lore of the woods and the magical Miramichi River. Among the Brennen Siding folk who help them grow up (sometimes none too gently) are Shirley Ramsey, the homely, destitute mother of Dry and his 10 brothers and sisters; Nutbeam, a floppy-eared hermit who falls in love with Shirley; the American salmon anglers buying up the riverfront just as fast as they can; and the local men who guide them in their pursuit of the legendary Atlantic salmon.

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Editorial Reviews

"A humorous and earthy place, populated by a congregation of characters who take their turns gossiping and being the cause of gossip . . . Curtis introduces the reader to rural New Brunswick with the humour and folklore that only an insider could possess." — Paragraph

"Garrison Keillor has Lake Wobegon, Mark Twain the Mississippi, and Herb Curtis, with the publication of The Americans are Coming, has claimed the Dungarvon River." — The Halifax Daily News

"Herb Curtis has emerged as a leading Canadian humourist in the Stephen Leacock tradition; his Brennan Siding world will last for a long time." — Canadian Book Review Annual

"Curtis is a native of the [Miramichi] region, and his finely tuned comedic sense and unerring feel for the realities of life there, particularly during the period of the late '50s and early '60s, help him create a very special world." — Outdoor Canada

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About the Author

Herb Curtis

Herb Curtis was raised near Blackville, on the Miramichi, and now lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. His collection of short fiction, Luther Corhern's Salmon Camp Chronicles (1999), was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award. The Last Tasmanian (1991, 2001), one of four novels, garnered the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
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