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A compelling, marvelous novel from the acclaimed author of Mink River.

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Declan O Donnell has sailed out of Oregon and deep into the vast, wild ocean, having had just finally enough of other people and their problems. He will go it alone, he will be his own country, he will be beholden to and beloved of no one. No man is an island, my butt, he thinks. I am that very man...

But the galaxy soon presents him with a string of odd, entertaining, and dangerous passengers, who become companions of every sort and stripe. The Plover is the story of their adventures and misadventures in the immense blue country one of their company calls Pacifica. Hounded by a mysterious enemy, reluctantly acquiring one new resident after another, Declan O Donnell's lonely boat is eventually crammed with humor, argument, tension, and a resident herring gull.

Brian Doyle's The Plover is a sea novel, a maritime adventure, the story of a cold man melting, a compendium of small miracles, an elegy to Edmund Burke, a watery quest, a battle at sea—and a rapturous, heartfelt celebration of life's surprising paths, planned and unplanned.

"[David] Drummond's range of expression, pitch, and emphasis lend whimsical meaning to the musings of Declan." ---AudioFile

"A rare and unusual book and a brilliant, mystical exploration of the human spirit." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"Doyle has written a novel in the adventurous style of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson but with a gentle mocking of their valorization of the individual as absolute." ---Library Journal Starred Review
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The Plover

Author Brian Doyle

Narrated by David Drummond

Publication date May 13, 2014

Running time 9 hrs 15 min

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