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The Fruit of Stoneby Mark Spragg
Synopses & Reviews
A] pickup truck odyssey . . . lyrical one moment, gritty the next. --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Spragg evokes these doomed characters and the land they inhabit with an achingly beautiful lyricism. Like Annie Proulx and Gretl Erhlich, he's a writer who makes Wyoming's high country so familiar it feels like the reader's own native ground. --Chicago Tribune
A refreshing stew of grit and intelligence, longing and loyalty. . . . Places Spragg firmly in the company of such Western writers as Cormac McCarthy and Wallace Stegner. --Rocky Mountain News
Unforgettable. . . . Expertly, Spragg] spins a long love song to Wyoming and the tough, do-it-right-or-don't-do-it-at-all people who live there. He gets the dialogue exactly right. He gets the barroom jokes and dust-ups exactly right, and he gets the run-ins with state troopers and deputy sheriffs exactly right. There's not a word that needs changing. --Denver Post
What at first seems to be a standard love story is soon revealed to be something much more epic--two hardened men, battling each other and their own demons in the bleak, unforgiving landscape of the West. A] tale of obsession, desire and rage . . . Spragg is a precise and practiced observer of the natural world. --The Washington Post
A unique, movingly detailed road map of the human soul. --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Full of smart troubled people, natural speech, wonderful, lyrical prose, and the great wide varied landscape of Wyoming, where good men and deep women play out their love-burdened lives. . . . Mark Spragg owns one of the truest and most natural voices in American letters. --Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong
David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is the author of Walt Whitman's America, which won the Bancroft Prize, the Ambassador Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and of Beneath the American Renaissance, which won Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Award. He lives on Long Island, New York.
From the Hardcover edition.
Mark Spragg's first novel is the story of the lifelong friendship between two Wyoming ranchers, McEban and Bennett, and their love for the same woman--Gretchen Simpson. Gretchen is Bennett's wife, but asthe novel opens, she has just spent the night with McEban. She leaves them both for a new life, but the two men follow her on a journey across the American West, though Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, testing the limits oftheir friendship and love.
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