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Mark Spragg's fiction debut is the story of the lifelong friendship between two men and their love for the woman who eludes them. Though Gretchen is married to his best friend, McEban has been in love with her since they were children growing up on adjacent ranches in Wyoming. When she leaves her husband for a new life, the two men follow her on an odyssey across the American West that forces truths and tests the ultimate, mystical extremes of love and loyalty.

Muscular, vivid, wise, tender, funny, and true: Mark Spragg's much-anticipated first novel is entirely unforgettable.

Review:

"[A] superb first novel....[A] remarkable love story....Spragg finds poetry (and humor) in silence, revealing his characters' depth of feeling in what they don't say and how they don't say it." Bill Ott, Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Quite powerful in a restrained kind of way. A fine beginning for a talented new hand." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A] stylish western....Spragg has a nice ear for dialogue and can invest a character...with comic energy. Unfortunately...he obscures the solid virtues of his storytelling beneath the overfamiliar stoic lyricism that has become almost de rigueur in westerns in the wake of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Spragg evokes these doomed characters and the land they inhabit in an achingly beautiful lyricism. Like Annie Proulx and Gretel Erhlich, he's a writer who makes Wyoming's high country so familiar it feels like the reader's own native ground." Newsday

Review:

"[T]he best part of this first novel is his reverent depiction of ranch life, told in lean, workmanlike prose. Unfortunately, Spragg is much less adept at character development. Gretchen never comes alive on the page, which makes it difficult to take seriously the men's burning desire to bring her back home." Library Journal

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Mark Spragg is the author of the memoir Where Rivers Change Direction, winner of the 2000 Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award.

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words917, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by words917)
Mark Spragg is an extraordinary craftsman, which is not only about fine details and subtle nuances, but about finding joy (and exercising patience) in the journey, rather than focusing on the arrival at one's destination. So, perhaps he isn't a writer for everyone. This novel doesn't "grab" you; its story and characters slowly get under your skin and infect you. There is nothing "larger than life" about it -- it's gritty and human, flaws and all. Spragg's exquisite prose (which might distract an avid reader of popular fiction) makes the experience and the Wyoming landscape both lush and mystifying. His seemingly unbounded love and compassion for his characters (which some might mistake for sentimentality) ultimately make it one of the most deeply (though quietly) moving and rewarding reads in recent experience. Beautiful, simply beautiful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573222235
Author:
Spragg, Mark
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Westerns - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
SO-95
Publication Date:
August 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.30x6.22x1.04 in. 1.21 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Riverhead Books - English 9781573222235 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] superb first novel....[A] remarkable love story....Spragg finds poetry (and humor) in silence, revealing his characters' depth of feeling in what they don't say and how they don't say it."
"Review" by , "Quite powerful in a restrained kind of way. A fine beginning for a talented new hand."
"Review" by , "[A] stylish western....Spragg has a nice ear for dialogue and can invest a character...with comic energy. Unfortunately...he obscures the solid virtues of his storytelling beneath the overfamiliar stoic lyricism that has become almost de rigueur in westerns in the wake of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy."
"Review" by , "Spragg evokes these doomed characters and the land they inhabit in an achingly beautiful lyricism. Like Annie Proulx and Gretel Erhlich, he's a writer who makes Wyoming's high country so familiar it feels like the reader's own native ground."
"Review" by , "[T]he best part of this first novel is his reverent depiction of ranch life, told in lean, workmanlike prose. Unfortunately, Spragg is much less adept at character development. Gretchen never comes alive on the page, which makes it difficult to take seriously the men's burning desire to bring her back home."
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