The Weight of Dreams by Jonis Agee

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Jonis Agee's acclaimed fiction has established her as a visceral, lyrical interpreter of the interplay between family legends and reality, the land and its inhabitants, the forces of nature and those of the human heart. Her landscapes are primitive, her characters intense and magnetic, her themes mythic even as she "celebrates the gritty, scarred layers of the daily world with specificity and wisdom" (Chicago Tribune)

Against the stunning backdrop of a vanishing West, The Weight of Dreams intertwines the passion and sweep of Larry McMurtry with a narrative of love and family as compelling as those of Rosellen Brown or Jane Hamilton. At seventeen, Ty Bonte's only escape from a harsh mother and violent father is his ranch work beneath the seasons of the Nebraska sandhills sky. But soon he must flee that too, when a bout of vandalism with his drinking buddy, Harney Rivers, ends in the brutal beating of a young Indian. Not until twenty years later, when Harney's reappearance shadows his life as a Kansas horse trader and his budding love for Dakota Carlyle, does Ty return to Nebraska to face the past. His quest for retribution, resolution, and redemption climaxes in a courtroom battle as furious and mesmerizing as his youthful wrangling on the range.
A novel of greed, power, and violence--from a "gifted poet of that dark lushness in the heart of the American landscape"--The New York Times Book Review

About Jonis Agee

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onis Agee is the author of four novels, Sweet Eyes, Strange Angels, South of Resurrection, and The Weight of Dreams, four collections of short fiction, Pretend We've Never Met, Bend This Heart, A .38 SPECIAL AND A BROKEN HEART, and TAKING THE WALL, and a book of poetry, Houses. Three of her books--Strange Angels, Bend This Heart, and Sweet Eyes--were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times. TAKING THE WALL won the Foreword Magazine Editor's Choice Award and The Weight of Dreams won the Nebraska Book Award. Jonis Agee is a Nebraska native who has lived and taught throughout the Midwest. She is now Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Published July 1, 1999 by Viking Adult. 368 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Westerns. Fiction

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Harney, now a prosperous banker in their old Nebraska town, reenters his old buddy's life, killing Ty's beloved horse and stealing the rest of his stable, savagely beating Ty, and threatening Dakota, the woman with whom Ty has established a promising though uncertain relationship.

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