Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still by Kent Nelson

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Mattie Remmel, who loses her husband in a farm accident, discovers and confronts his hidden past, which darkens her own vision of the future. Deciding to keep their alfalfa ranch running, Mattie enlists the help of her daughter, Shelley, who's returned home from college, and hires a ranch hand, Dawn, a young woman who has a penchant for mechanics. A fourteen-year-old runaway Native American boy joins the three women, and together they forge an unlikely family, facing whatever life throws at them, from the trials of independent work to the arrival of a former lover bent on revenge. A powerful novel about the search for home, authenticity, and love, Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still is as evocative of place as it is of the vagaries of human emotion.
 

About Kent Nelson

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Kent Nelson and Dylan Nelson are father and daughter. They both write fiction and have birded together for the past twenty-eight years. Kent's latest novel, "Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still," will be published by Viking in 2003. He lives in Salida, Colorado. Dylan holds a BA in environmental biology from Yale and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon, where she was an editor for "Northwest Review," She lives in the Catalina Mountains of southern Arizona.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Kent Nelson. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As for Mattie, thanks to that old standby “healing,” she puts Haney behind her and opens up to archaeologist Lee, the obvious Mr. Right all along.

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The bleak landscape of South Dakota comes alive in this absorbing novel, the affecting tale of three women at life's crossroads.

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