Synopses & Reviews
Writing of hermits, cowboys, changing seasons, and the wind, Ehrlich draws us into her personal relationship with this "planet of Wyoming" she has come to call home. She captures the incredible beauty and the demanding harshness of natural forces in these remote reaches of the West, and the depth, tenderness and humor of the quirky souls who live there.
Ehrlich, a former filmmaker and urbanite, presents in these essays a fresh and vibrant tribute to the new life she has chosen.
"The most exciting new prose I've come across this season....Part travelogue, part meditation, these twelve pieces are lyrical, humorous and eye-opening." Glamour
"Ehrlich's best prose belongs in a league with Annie Dillard and even Thoreau. The Solace of Open Spaces releases the bracing air of the wilderness into the stuffy, heated confines of winter in civilization." San Francisco Chronicle
"A stunning rumination on life on Wyoming's high plains....Ehrlich's gorgeous prose is as expansive as a Wyoming vista, as charged as a bolt of praire lightning." Newsday
A stunning collection of personal observations that uses images of the American West to probe larger concerns in lyrical, evocative prose that is a true celebration of the region.
About the Author
Gretel Ehrlich is the author of This Cold Heaven (available in paperback from Vintage Books) and The Solace of Open Spaces, among other works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She divides her time between California and Wyoming.
Table of Contents
The Solace Of Open Spaces Preface
The Solace of Open Spaces
From a Sheepherder's Notebook
Friends, Foes, and Working Animals
The Smooth Skull of Winter
Rules of the Game
To Live in Two Worlds
A Storm, the Cornfield, and Elk