Synopses & Reviews
Ferrell Swan has fled the shambles of his life in Ohio for the vast and empty landscape of Idahos high desert. Here he tries to escape his past and its failureseven to escape memory itself. He seeks solace in sunrises and sunsets, wild mustangs and wheeling hawks, and the coyotes that roam his one hundred acres of scrubland. Through visits from his stepson and his ex-wife, through occasional contacts with odd and reclusive neighbors, Swan confronts himself in order to realize his humanity.
About the Author
Mitch Wieland is the author of a novel, Willy Slaters Lane (SMU, 1996); his short fiction has been published in such venues as Southern Review, Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Yale Review, Shenandoah, and Sewanee Review. He teaches in the M.F.A. program at Boise State University, where he is founding editor of the Idaho Review. He is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship and two literature fellowships from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He is presently working on a novel set in Tokyo, Japan, where he taught English for four years before earning his M.F.A. from the University of Alabama.