In Open Spaces Paperback – 13 Dec 2013
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"In Open Spaces...is sage, humane, and immensely readable."--C. Michael Curtis, senior editor, Atlantic Monthly
"Charged with dramatic tension -- a joy to read."--Ha Jin, author of Waiting, winner of the National Book Award
"Compelling. Cinematic. A fine first novel about the strength of family."--San Francisco Weekly
"A heartfelt debut...[An] unpretentious, involving story told with unfaltering authority."--Kirkus Reviews
"Like Norman McLean's A River Runs Through It, ...Rowland...brings [Montana's] unique beauty alive....Good reading."--Denver Post
"Russell Rowland's In Open Spaces is as good as it gets...a powerful book."--C.J. Box, author of Open Season and Savage Run
"A family epic that has a muted elegance....A gracefully understated novel."--New York Times Book Review
"[An] outstanding debut...Rowland's examination of family dynamics is poignant and revealing...."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Born in Bozeman, Russell Rowland is a fourth-generation Montanan. He served in the Navy, and has worked as a teacher, ranch hand, surveyor, lounge singer, and fortune-cookie writer. He lives in San Francisco.
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I could picture his characters clearly as he described them with love, Multifaceted Jack will stand out in my memory,
The love of the land, the endless work to tend it was all summed up in his last couple of paragraphs, it was profound and brought tears to my eyes as I finally "got" it,
I highly recommend this especially to readers unfamiliar with the prairie and the stoic settlers of the Great Plains,
I want to single out for particular mention as the sharpest, most intense and telling part of the novel -odd as it may seem to someone not yet read it- the episode of putting back in place an unfortunate cow's dropped womb, for in it all the characters involved show their true colors. Add to that the just sympathy for the animal in dispairing pain, and writer, characters and reader come together fortuitously in a fantastic exercise of virtuosic writing and reading, making this a shining example of this book's strength, of it's worth. Looking forward to reading the sequel, The Watershed Years.
Maybe I'm just too picky, but I get distracted by sketchy details, like when a family meal during the hardest times includes a roast- where did they ever get a roast? Did they butcher a drought-dead cow? The roast sure as heck wasn't taken out of the freezer. Another example: After spending the day hunting antelope, in the snow, Blake Arbuckle goes outside after dinner, and hears crickets. Probably not. Doesn't ruin the story, but it is distracting.