Border Songs

Border Songs

Book - 2009
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Brandon Vanderkool's severe dyslexia and six-foot-eight height give him an unusual perspective on his new job with the American Border Patrol, along the Washington/BC border -- just a long, grassy ditch, really, barely dividing neighbours who used to be as congenial as those in any small community. Though his curious mind proves surprisingly adept at intercepting Canadian pot smugglers and potentially dangerous illegals, years of security hysteria and cross-border resentment -- and a fascinating young Canadian who has turned her green thumb to a more lucrative crop -- complicate Brandon's world in ways even he might not be able to see past. Border Songs is that rare delight: a gently satirical portrait, an extraordinary love story and a celebration of the coincidental and the miraculous.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780307357366
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 15, 2019

Brandon stands apart from his peers for several reasons. He is 6 foot 8, loves art and birds and patrols the U.S. - Canadian border for a living.

A wonderful story about what divides people, or to put it metaphorically what personal borders we build around our lives, hearts and minds. Written with humor and suspense.

Jul 27, 2012

This is a very funny book about a dsylixic border patrol between Canada and the US whose birdwatching leads him into unexpected situations.

Feb 15, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. One of the things I liked was it is set in the Lynden area so I knew all the places, names had been changed. As I continued reading I started to get the impression that everyone I know that lives on the border is getting money from smugglers. Not true!
After continuing to read I realized it is indeed a work of fiction and I was able to just enjoy the book for what it is. fiction.
I liked the ending and look forward to more books from Jim Lynch
This is my second book from this author.

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