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Winter Rangeby Claire Davis
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"Winter Range re-creates the heartbreak and quiet joy of life on the snowbound prairie of eastern Montana with an authenticity that is pure gold. Claire Davis's novel is one of the very, very best ever written about Montana." (Mary Clearman Blew, author of Sister Coyote: Montana Stories)
"The beauty of Davis's language reawakens us to the magical possibilities contained in the simplest of words." Kim Barnes, author of Hungry for the World: A Memoir
"This original novel introduces Gothic to the high plains of the modern West. Claire Davis is a fine writer, and Winter Range will keep you glued to the edge of your seat." James Welch, author of The Heartsong of Charging Elk
"Winter Range is absolutely engrossing, a vivid thriller and a look into the degree of absorbed selfishness that results in merciless conduct. I stayed up all night with this one." William Kitteridge, author of Hole in the Sky: A Memoir
"Winter Range moves with an elemental force....Her writing has a tensile strength, a quirky grace, a wise humor. Claire Davis is an important new voice in the literature of the American West." David Long, author ofThe Daughters of Simon Lamoreaux
Ike Parsons is the sheriff of a small Montana ranching town, and when he hears that hard times have fallen on Chas Stubblefield, he heads out to the rancher's spread. What he finds is horrific — cattle freezing solid or starving in the fields. When Ike and several men mercy-kill the remaining cattle, Stubblefield, enraged, begins to plot his revenge.
Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Best First Novel and the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award for Best Novel
In Winter Range, the intimate details of ranching and small-town life are woven into the suspenseful story of three people struggling to survive, to belong, and to love in the chillingly bleak landscape of eastern Montana. Ike Parsons is a small-town sheriff whose life is stable and content; his wife Pattiann is a ranchers daughter with a secret past. But when Ike tries to help a hard-luck cattleman named Chas Stubblefield, he triggers Chass resentment and finds his home and his wife targeted by a plot for revenge.
Ike Parsons is the sheriff of a small Montana town, with a reputation for fairness, common sense, and kindness. When he hears that Chas Stubblefield has fallen on hard times in the bitter winter, he heads out to the rancher's spread to offer assistance. What Ike finds shocks him to his core: cattle starving in the snow or freezing where they stand, and a brooding Stubblefield near bankruptcy, living off the meat of his dying herd, too proud to accept help.
About the Author
Winter Range is Claire Davis first novel. She has been published in the Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. She has received a Pushcart Prize for her short fiction. She lives in Idaho.
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