The Meadow by James Galvin

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In discrete disclosures joined with the intricacy of a spider's web, James Galvin depicts the hundred-year history of a meadow in the arid mountains of the Colorado/Wyoming border. Galvin describes the seasons, the weather, the wildlife, and the few people who do not possess but are themselves possessed by this terrain. In so doing he reveals an experience that is part of our heritage and mythology. For Lyle, Ray, Clara, and App, the struggle to survive on an independent family ranch is a series of blameless failures and unacclaimed successes that illuminate the Western character. The Meadow evokes a sense of place that can be achieved only by someone who knows it intimately.

About James Galvin

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Celebrated poet, nonfiction writer, and (now) novelist James Galvin is the author of The Meadow (Owl Books, 0-8050-2703-3, $12.00) and a teacher at the University of Iowa writer's program. He lives in Laramie, Wyoming, where he has worked as a rancher part of each year all his life.
Published February 4, 2014 by Holt Paperbacks. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Galvin also writes of App's son Ray, who, while logging at age 12 with his brothers and father, saw a man fishing and was struck dumb by astonishment--it was the first time Ray had ever seen someone he didn't know.

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These ragged sketches of ranch life along the Wyoming-Colorado border depict Galvin's neighbors--hardscrabble folk--in wry, stoic stories of skill, survival and loss that flash back and forth across 100 years of the high meadow's history.

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