The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World, a novel of Robert Louis Stevenson by Brian Doyle; 2017; $25.99; 229 pages; St. Martins’ Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-10052-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 5/21/17-5/30/17

Why did I read this?  I have wanted to read anything by Brian Doyle, people kept telling me how good an author he was.  I had met Mr. Doyle on a few occasions at Wordstock.  I especially wanted to read this because he was writing as Robert Louis Stevenson.

Robert Louis Stevenson is living in a boarding house in San Francisco owned by Mrs. Carson, and populated by an interesting cast of characters.   As he sits by the fire listening to Mr. John Carson tell stories of his life he seems to absorbing ideas for some of his future stories.  Mr. Carson tells several stories that seem not to have anything to do with one another but end up being one big story.  It is a really interesting, well written story that has compelled me to seek out more stories by Brian Doyle.  Unfortunately Brian Doyle passed away as I was reading this.