Blue Earth by Jules Hardy

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The Reichmanns are a prosperous farming family. The envy of Blue Earth County, Minnesota, they delight in their good fortune and their three young sons. But when the Second World War shatters their dreams, the youngest, Billy Ray, vows to conquer the world that has so betrayed them. It’s no accident that he becomes an enormously successful oil prospector, driven to tame the land that makes him rich and powerful, yet always leaves him wanting. Moving from the oil fields of Alaska to the country estates of the English aristocracy, Billy Ray seeks forgiveness in the arms of the women he seduces, and deliverance from the land he so ruthlessly exploits.

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Hardy was born in Bristol and grew up in and around London. She is a trained carpenter. She teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University College and is studying for a PhD.
Published March 1, 2005 by Simon & Schuster UK. 448 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He sacrifices youthful ideals—respect for the earth’s majesty, appreciation of its wild beauty—as well as his happy marriage to a British blue blood in exchange for blind service to the energy industry (he’s involved in the extraction of black gold from Alaska, whatever the environmental or ethic...

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