Synopses & Reviews
Back Bay's campaign to restore Thomas Savage to his rightful place as one of our finest novelists of the American West now enters phase two -- with the "rediscovery" of another magnificent Savage novel. "The Sheep Queen" is a Western epic in miniature, the story of Emma Russell Sweringen, known as the Sheep Queen of Idaho ("surely one of the most fascinating characters in current fiction" -- Publishers Weekly); the daughter who disappointed her; the grandson who adored her; and the granddaughter, given up for adoption, who spent nearly half her life finding her way back to her family.
"The Sheep Queen is marvelous....Her reign has a mythic grandeur." Katha Pollitt, The New York Times Book Review
"A masterful novelist writing at the peak of his form....The Sheep Queen touches the reader directly and powerfully...concerned as it is with such timeless matters as the continuity of family, the bonds of love, the yearning for roots and identity....It is the best of Savage's ten novels, the capstone of a distinguished and, I think, important career." Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
"A fine novel....A sense of family as anchor and root and self-definition [gives] the book its considerable strength....Mr. Savage is a writer of the first order, and he possesses in abundance the novelist's highest art the ability to illuminate and move." The New Yorker
"A powerful storyteller....Savage writes about lives moving inexorably toward a decisive moment....His books deserve to be much better known than they are." Roger Sale, The New York Review of Books
A western family saga at once intimate and epic, this rich, compelling, emotionally charged novel tells the story of the Sweringen family of Idaho: Emma, the matriarch, known as the Sheep Queen ("surely one of the most fascinating characters in current fiction" Publishers Weekly); the daughter who disappoints her; the grandson who adores her; and the granddaughter, given up for adoption, who spends nearly half her life finding her way back to her family.
About the Author
Thomas Savage was born in 1915 in Salt Lake City. His literary career spans five decades and thirteen novels, including The Power of the Dog and The Corner of Rife and Pacific. Savage received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980.