The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac

The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac

A Novel

Book - 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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627791991
162779199X
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 22 cm

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Bhulsey May 19, 2015

Sharma Shields's "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac: A Novel" is a quirky, eccentric, perfectly unique work unlike anything I have ever read. The story flowed well and I did like the author's rather homespun dialogue. The story itself was quite peculiar (and rather engrossing), as was the ... Read More »


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Hopalong_Kid
Sep 25, 2016

After a promising and innovative start, the book proved to be kind of a disappointment. The characters seemed to be two dimensional cardboard cut-outs and the plot fizzled out altogether. Trying to blur the line between fantasy and mental illness was not working in this books favor. Had a hard time finishing the book as it droned on and on pointlessly.

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Septemberly
May 19, 2015

I was not expecting this book to be full of unicorns, witches, and other unnatural beings, but I really liked it. It forced me to be open-minded to elements of fantasy, which is a little difficult for me.

Bhulsey May 19, 2015

Sharma Shields's "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac: A Novel" is a quirky, eccentric, perfectly unique work unlike anything I have ever read. The story flowed well and I did like the author's rather homespun dialogue. The story itself was quite peculiar (and rather engrossing), as was the novel's end, which I do not want to give away. When it comes right down to it, I cannot think of any one word that describes this work as a whole, except for maybe 'unique'.
Though I found many of the aspects of the novel to be rather bizarre, it was also strangely enjoyable. At times I almost sympathized with Eli, at other times I thought him obsessive/compulsive. I cannot quite explain it, but I would not hesitate to read more of Ms. Shields's works in the future.

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