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Nowhere Near the Sea of Cortez [Paperback]

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A phone call reunites Jacob Belmo and his cousin Dorina after fifteen years apart. Dorina has been unjustly imprisoned for shooting a naked lawyer in a parking lot, but Dorina isn't angry. She just wants to talk about old times. The most magical time of t

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Pages   203
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2001
Publisher   Willowgate Press
ISBN  1930008015  
ISBN13  9781930008014  

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Jim Harris currently resides in Mesa, in the state of Colorado.

Jim Harris has published or released items in the following series...
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What a hoot! I couldn't put it down!  Dec 14, 2006
This book has one of the most intriguing and memorable opening scenes I have ever read... One that captivates any reader. I knew from the moment I picked up the book that I was in for something fresh and new, and that first impression stayed with me throughout the entire book.

Many authors have written about the turbulent Vietnam era, racism, and comings-and-goings of small-town Americans. Yet, Harris' approach to character portrayal and dialogue defied stereotypes. He created unique, memorable characters that jumped off the page; and he made their everyday lives vivid and believable.

"Nowhere Near the Sea of Cortez" was a fabulous read, and I look forward to reading any other works this refreshing author may publish!

An amazing debut novel  Jun 27, 2001
Nowhere Near the Sea of Cortez touches on virtually all the issues that arose in American society during the sixties, including Vietnam, abortion, miscegenation, and drugs, and yet deals with them in a way that is totally fresh, and not at all "dated." I highly recommended it to any baby boomer who reads--particularly fans of Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins.

Oh, and the bonus- Absolutely by far the best opening line of any book I have ever read.

Very Enjoyable  May 16, 2001
The blurb about the author of Nowhere Near the Sea of Cortez says he is a poet. You can definitely tell that in the sharp cadence of his prose, which makes the humor (sometimes dark) that permeates the novel even sharper and funnier.

The story is set in a small Midwestern town in 1969 -- with the Vietnam war, racism, and hippies as a looming presence, but only occasionally felt. The story is about Jacob Belmo and his interracial cousin Dorina. As pre-pubescent youths and we view the small town and events of the summer of `69 through their eyes. While there is somewhat of a plot to the novel, the story is really interconnected vignettes about the lives of several of the townspeople, which add up to a story of the town -- with the story of Jacob, 12 and Dorina, 10 as the focal point. And this works out perfectly as Harris is able to do his characters and the town justice with an economy of words that bring the story to life. A very enjoyable reading experience.
Poetic, funny and sincere...  May 4, 2001
This is one of the most poetic books I have ever read. His imagery and use of metaphor left me turning the page in search of more each time I would put the book down. I couldn't stop reading. The steady character development was great. There are very funny parts and then alternately, very serious parts. It has the best ending of any book I have ever read.
wonderfully entertaining  May 2, 2001
Nowhere Near the Sea of Cortez blew me away. The book is laugh outloud funny while at the same time reveals several thought provoking themes and beautiful, lyrical prose. Harris' portrayal of character is outstanding. The short, creatively titled chapters allowed me to closely observe the inner workings of these incredible people and fall in love with all of their troubled souls. The plot's many twists and turns and the author's understanding of all walks of life (young, old, male, female, academics, hippies, mad poets, jehovah's witnesses, and crazed existentialists) prove he is a master storyteller. I can't wait for his next novel.

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