I was very sorry to read that so little good came to the late author Jim Harris for his novel “Farmer.” It was far and away his best book. I think its undeservedly poor acceptance arose from its best feature.
“Farmer” both revealed and required a reader’s understanding of life in rural Northern Michigan between the second world war and the 1970s -- which was a place of people from age-old first nations and others whose grandparents, or parents, came straight from the Norse lands and Finland. It was a spare rural world very different from the rest of both Michigan and the United States.
If you only read one of Harrison’s books, or about Michigan, make it this one.