The Death of Jim Loney

The Death of Jim Loney

Introduction by: Jim Harrison

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143105183
  • 176 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


James Welch never shied away from depicting the lives of Native Americans damned by destiny and temperament to the margins of society. The Death of Jim Loney is no exception. Jim Loney is a mixed-blood, of white and Indian parentage. Estranged from both communities, he lives a solitary, brooding existence in a small Montana town. His nights are filled with disturbing dreams that haunt his waking hours. Rhea, his lover, cannot console him; Kate, his sister, cannot penetrate his world. In sparse, moving prose, Welch has crafted a riveting tale of disenfranchisement and self-destruction.

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“An undying story told with the austerity of Camus’s The Stranger, of a wounded soul seeking to become whole.”
-Ivan Doig

The Death of Jim Loney is an American classic.”
-William Kittredge
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