Lime Creek by Joe Henry

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In this wonderful work of fiction, Joe Henry explores the complex relationship between a father and his sons, whose deep connections to one another, to the land, and to the creatures that inhabit it give meaning to their lives.

Spencer Davis, his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons, Luke, Whitney, and Lonny, work with horses and with their hands. They spend long relentless days cutting summer hay and feeding it to their cattle through fierce Wyoming winters. The family bears witness to the cycle of life, bringing foals into the world and deciding when to let a favored mare pass on to the next. As Luke grows older, falls in love, and begins to assert his independence, Spencer strives to impart the wisdom of this way of life to his headstrong son, whatever the cost.

Moving, powerful, and beautifully rendered, Lime Creek brings readers into the lives of this unforgettable family and into a world that, though often harsh, is lit by flashes of spectacular grace.

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About Joe Henry

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Joe Henry received his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, but he attributes much of his learning to his many years as a laborer, rancher and professional athlete. A renowned lyricist, he has had his words performed on more than a hundred recordings by artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and John Denver to Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts. In addition to his many music awards, Henry also received a National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation "for the celebration of the natural world in his work" and the Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. This is his first work of fiction.
Published June 14, 2011 by Random House. 160 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Henry is working the same territory as Thomas McGuane, Annie Proulx and Kent Haruf, though his ambitions aren’t nearly as broad—the bulk of the eight pieces in this slim book are more like sketches than full-blooded stories, rendering a particular moment instead of cultivating nuanced connections...

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The first half is told from the point-of-view of Spencer as he grows from a young man to a husband/father figure while the second part advances in time giving voice to his now teenage sons, Luke and Whitney.

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Huffington Post

In a world in which tattered souls live amongst endless garbage and recycled news predicting gloom for the planet, Joe Henry's LIME CREEK comes as a breath of life and light, casting long-remembered shadows of the "firsts" in our lives while becoming a mantra for human kindness and time spent r...

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City Book Review

And in the early evenings when her folks’d retired before dinner, Elizabeth’d come out by herself and watch me working the unbroke horses in the big corral.” Lime Creek is an insightful and unflinching excursion into the emotional lives of men by renowned lyricist Joe Henry.

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High Country News

In another outstanding section titled "Love," Henry beautifully conveys the significance of football to small-town teenagers, who attend practice after hard work on their family's ranches: "Almost as if the violence of practice and then of scrimmage released like a nightly catharsis the harsh sum...

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