Jim Lynch

Reviews

Truth Like the Sun
Some early Newspaper Reviews

The New York Times likened it to Tom Wolfe's novel Bonfire of Vanities and to the movie Chinatown. "It is impossible not to hurtle through "Truth Like the Sun ... This book is enveloping and propulsive. Mr. Lynch does a seamless job of recasting real events to suit his storytelling. ... Roger Morgan is that wonder of wonders -- an original flesh and blood creation." -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Jim Lynch's addictive new novel is a tale of two cities, both of them Seattle. ... Roger (Morgan), both young and old, takes hold of the book from its opening pages." -- The Seattle Times

"Lynch, however, has managed to stay the course and with the publication of his third novel, Truth Like the Sun, mature into a consummate stylist. ... The parry and thrust between journalist and subject is expertly handled. The obvious cultural touch point for Lynch's novel is Citizen Kane, and as Helen searches for her Rosebud revelation, readers are confronted with the American obsession with ambition in all its tarnished glory." -- The London Independent

"The poetic intensity of Lynch's descriptions perfectly balances the restless, relentless pave of a novel that never loses its grip." -- Christian Science Monitor

"Truth Like the Sun" deserves attention and will reward reflection. In one breathtaking moment worthy of Steinbeck, Lynch manages to viscerally evoke a sense of Cold War dread, foreshadow the horrors of 9/11 and offer an ode to the beauty and delicacy of the idealism that built -- and goes on building -- the West." -- The Oregonian

"This is a super thriller that effortlessly moves back and forth between the Cold War era World's Fair and the age of the Dotcom buble burst in Seattle." -- The Mystery Gazette

"A dazzling new novel ... Lynch is masterful in contrasting this tale of the same city in two different eras." -- Barbara McMichael (The Bookmonger)

"This is a brilliant book than jumps between the idealism and nostalgia of the 60s and the cynical and cutthroat world of the early 2000s. It is a look at how a city works both now and then. The hands that need to be shaken, the backs scratched and their consequences. It is about wanting to do the right thing in a world where the right thing has shifted and is no longer clear. I loved this book from the opening lines to the poignant, beautiful end. A must read." -- Bite the Book blog by Jon Page, president of the Australian Booksellers Association


Early praise from acclaimed authors:

"Jim Lynch writes of the city where I live with great brio and persuasiveness. The joinery between the two halves of the narrative [1962 and 2001] is seamless. His handling of the light, just-between-friends style of routine civic graft in the 1960s seems dead-on, and his only-slightly alternative history of the city is at least as plausible as the official version. His people live and breathe on the page. I was engrossed throughout." -- Jonathan Raban, Seattle novelist and essayist, author of Waxwings.

"Often funny and sometimes devastating but always to the point, TRUTH LIKE THE SUN reflects back on the 1962 World's Fair that put Seattle on the map. With the keen eye of the journalist he was and the nimbleness of the novelist he has become, Jim Lynch provides a thought-provoking fictional portrait of a city on the make and its somewhat tarnished tribe of civic strivers." --Ivan Doig, author of Whistling Season and House of Sky.

"Truth Like the Sun, read after Jim Lynch's celebrated Highest Tide, confirms the tidal wave of his talent. Set again in the Pacific Northwest he has explored in such depth and variety, this is a city story all the way. Ambition, payoff, anxiety, payback, decadence and revenge dominate Seattle's story during the World's Fair of 1962 and thirty-nine years later, during the crest of the dot.com boom and not many weeks before the World Trade Center--the Other Coast's Space Needle--endured the mother of all collapses. Lynch's power of concentration depends on his respect for quiddities. His detailing of the moment-to-moment strategems of a reporter stalking a political big-foot, and of the big-foot's bravura evasions--the hunt proceeding throughout the storied and exotic environment of any right-minded person's favorite city--is thrilling." -- Geoffrey Wolff, Pulitzer finalist author of Duke of Deception<>


Border Songs
"Jim Lynch masterfully tiptoes the line between delicate observation and satire with unexpected humor, all the while following the coming of age story of an unlikely hero."
-The National Post (Canada)

"Lynch's enthralling new novel, Border Songs, (is) a startling look at this country's far Northwest corner with a compelling cast of oddballs."
-John Marshall, The Daily Beast

“Lynch writes with enviable restraint, and he sees in a most unexpected way how a person’s life clicks and tumbles into (or out of) place. His turns of phrase are as light as a feather, but so precise and purposeful that you’ll quickly find yourself buoyed by the vistas they show you.” —Anne Bartholomew, Louisville Courier-Journal

“Engaging, even heartwarming… Every character is memorable, each etched with distinctive lines and endearing idiosyncrasies.” —Bill Ott, Booklist

Lynch "tells his story with remarkably clear prose punctuated by a sort of well-informed wink at the ridiculous attitudes on both sides of the border."
-Alden Mudge, Book Page

“Lynch’s depiction of the natural world and his deep sympathy for his characters carry the book [with] majestic moments.” —Publishers Weekly

“Meet Brandon Vanderkool, the most fascinating, memorable, and human character in American fiction since Ignatius J. Reilly of A Confederacy of Dunces. Birder extraordinaire, painter and sculptor, part-savant and ever the Good Samaritan, Brandon also happens to be a 6’8” Border Patrol agent with an uncanny gift for finding contraband and smugglers. Border Songs is a masterwork, and Jim Lynch, for my money, is our best new storyteller since Larry McMurtry: deeply in touch with the natural world, the absurdities of our era, and the hearts and minds of his unforgettable and endlessly surprising characters.” —Howard Frank Mosher

“Jim Lynch’s new novel reads as an antitdote to the 21st century: a kind of metaphorical insistence on hope and simplicity and art in the face of a surrounding storm. Border Songs is a quietly ambitious book and it just gets better as it rises to the final satisfying image.” —Kent Haruf, author of "Plainsong."

“Wonderful…tender, sad and leavened with wit, Border Songs reads like something written by a more efficient Richard Russo."
- Ron Charles, book editor for The Washington Post

"Border Songs" is one of the more inventive and unique novels of recent years. Lynch's dexterous handling of multiple voices and storylines makes Border Songs a book that goes by all too quickly."
Rege Behe, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Lynch's comic borderland is not only palpable, it is richly metaphoric. Comparisons with Ken Kesey and Tom Robbins are not only inevitable, they are welcome."
-The Globe and Mail (Canada)

"Lynch observes like a journalist and writes like a poet. ... Brandon is one of the most remarkable characters created by a Northwest author in recent memory."
-Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor

"Enthralling ... Lynch plays exquisitely with his theme of division and its consequences."
-Maclean's (Canada)

"A fascinating look at the confluence of small-town life, the global drug trade and illegal immigration, and it places Jim Lynch at the forefront of Northwest writers to watch."
-Willamette Week

"Lynch has broken through to the edge of literary stardom."
-Jeff Baker, The Oregonian.



The Highest Tide
"In stunning prose, author Jim Lynch puts sea life into a kaleidoscope where swirling shapes burst and reconfigure in continuous life-affirming wonder. ... The balance of elegance, groundedness and style is remarkable." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Poetic, yet lean, restrained, lucid and radiant." -- London Times

"A poignant coming-of-age story and an enchanting primer on the life aquatic. The Highest Tide is as crisp and clean as a cool dip into the water, and just about as refreshing." -- Entertainment Weekly

"A radiant first novel." -- O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine

"Jim Lynch combines the spirits of two 1960s classics, `To Kill a Mockingbird' and `Silent Spring' in this knock-out debut novel. ... If novels were bioluminescent, the glow from this one would dominate bookstore shelves." -- Eugene Register Guard

Summaries

"Addictive" -- The Seattle Times
"Splendid, funny, remarkable novel" -- Providence Journal
"Irresistible" -- The Los Angeles Times