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The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac

by Sharma Shields

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"A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth. Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him, and we watch it affect every relationship he has in his long life--with his father, with both of his wives, his children, grandchildren, and colleagues. We follow all of the Roebuck family members, witnessing through each of them the painful, isolating effects of Eli's maniacal hunt, and find that each Roebuck is battling a monster of his or her own, sometimes literally. The magical world Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes. At times charming, as when young Eli meets the eccentric, extraordinary Mr. Krantz, and downright horrifying at others, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is boldly imaginative throughout, and proves to be a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face"--… (more)
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A wonderful quirky tale with many interesting and unexpected twists along the way. I highly recommend this book! ( )
  ChetBowers | Mar 10, 2021 |
Strange but compelling read. As if Neil Gaiman and Anne Tyler wrote a book together, with a dash of John Irving for good measure. ( )
  Skatuva | Feb 2, 2020 |
A lovely debut, full of whimsy (good whimsy) and magic. Shields has a light touch, which benefits the story by keeping it honest. Sasquatch is established right off the bat and, as such, we already know a ton about the world we're about to visit. Combined with easy-going prose and the right dash of both humor and pathos, you end up with a delightful (if not terribly impactful) debut. I only wish it had gone even farther into itself, for then it might've been something truly exceptional.

More at RB: http://ragingbiblioholism.com/2014/10/08/the-sasquatch-hunters-almanac/ ( )
  drewsof | Sep 30, 2015 |
A lovely debut, full of whimsy (good whimsy) and magic. Shields has a light touch, which benefits the story by keeping it honest. Sasquatch is established right off the bat and, as such, we already know a ton about the world we're about to visit. Combined with easy-going prose and the right dash of both humor and pathos, you end up with a delightful (if not terribly impactful) debut. I only wish it had gone even farther into itself, for then it might've been something truly exceptional.

More at RB: http://ragingbiblioholism.com/2014/10/08/the-sasquatch-hunters-almanac/ ( )
  drewsof | Sep 30, 2015 |
Meet the creatures of The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac...

As a young boy, Eli Roebuck is scarred by the image of his mother embracing a massive, hair-covered man she calls Mr. Krantz before leaving the life she knows and following him into the woods. For the next several decades, Eli will be haunted by her choice and his life will be dominated by the search for the elusive Mr. Krantz in The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields.

The Sasquatch Himself

Eli comes to believe that Mr. Krantz is none other than the mythical Sasquatch rumored to roam the forests of the Northwest. Sharma Shields follows Eli in his quest to find the creature, but also allows readers to experience life from the perspective of the Sasquatch himself.

The Half-Bird Shopkeeper

Eli’s wife finds herself in a local shop that seems to appear only when customers need it. Run by a woman with ostrich legs and filled with odd trinkets, the shop leads his wife to a purchase that will permanently alter her life’s course.

The Silver-Blooded Unicorn

One of Eli’s daughters accidentally hits a unicorn with her car, leaving it to die on the side of the road. She finds herself strangely drawn to the animal and can’t resist the urge to steal its powerful horn.

The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is peppered with many creatures, both familiar and new, that breathe magical realism into the novel, as it winds its way through the twentieth century. Starting with Eli’s childhood in the early 194o’s and following his family through the next several decades, each chapter becomes a snapshot of life and feels almost like a short story. Unfortunately, this makes it easy for some sections to stand out from others, giving the book a slightly uneven feel. Still, Sharma Shields has written an unexpected, ambitious novel filled with the creepy creatures to prove it.

More at rivercityreading.com ( )
  rivercityreading | Aug 10, 2015 |
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"A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth. Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him, and we watch it affect every relationship he has in his long life--with his father, with both of his wives, his children, grandchildren, and colleagues. We follow all of the Roebuck family members, witnessing through each of them the painful, isolating effects of Eli's maniacal hunt, and find that each Roebuck is battling a monster of his or her own, sometimes literally. The magical world Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes. At times charming, as when young Eli meets the eccentric, extraordinary Mr. Krantz, and downright horrifying at others, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is boldly imaginative throughout, and proves to be a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face"--

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