McDermot, Nebraska, is a pleasant, scenic western cattle town situated in the Pawnee River valley just the place for people seeking refuge from their hectic city lives It is also just the place for those who have made their homes on this haunting prairie since the late nineteenth century Ideal for both, McDermot means everything to those native inhabitants and somethingMcDermot, Nebraska, is a pleasant, scenic western cattle town situated in the Pawnee River valley just the place for people seeking refuge from their hectic city lives It is also just the place for those who have made their homes on this haunting prairie since the late nineteenth century Ideal for both, McDermot means everything to those native inhabitants and something very different to those who are looking for a new life As the native residents wrestle with the arrival of outsiders, a local journalist uncovers a medical scandal epitomizing the problems facing the divided community After the death of two men, it falls to the ancient but powerful district attorney to mediate a resolution between the clashing interests of the new and the old West And the Thurston family, descended from the town s first citizen, sets out in its own way to fight the forces threatening to destroy it This is the story of new and old interests colliding, of small western plains towns confronting the forces of progress.
Stolen Horses McDermot Nebraska is a pleasant scenic western cattle town situated in the Pawnee River valley just the place for people seeking refuge from their hectic city lives It is also just the place for th
This book grew on me I came to care about the characters and the place where the story unfolds.
I always enjoy reading a book I know nothing about The slate is clean I have no expectations good or bad It s a nice feeling to make up my mind about a book with little outside influence Honestly, I don t do it enough.Stolen Horses was one of these reads I d never heard of it or its author until my MFA mentor recommended it to me By the time I had a copy in hand, there were no forces pulling me one way or another aside from the singular recommendation.In spirit of this refreshing perspective, I [...]
Maybe I expected too much of this novel It is a slice of life story of a rural community in the western panhandle of Nebraska It is going through the final transition from LBJ to Bush America Meanwhile there are flashbacks at times to the arrival of whites on the prairies and the forcible displacement of the plains Indians who were there before them The material is all there for an absorbing story It just never quite delivers on its promise.For me, the characters tended to be flat They never qui [...]
Just finished the book that came with our Christmas meat package from South Dakota friends The book was great I could hear Ed s voice as the narrator described the prairie The characters were such true to life people I caught myself cheering at the end The only flaw was the overly dramatic romance parts maybe also true to life, but a little overdone for my taste It s definitely a picture of life in small US rural towns that have the beauty to lure outlanders with options It one of the plain good [...]
This is written in an episodic style that traces three different, related stories that unfold as a small town on the plains undergoes change It s a bit like life not much happens, but there are points of beauty and insight and good people whose interests come into conflict just because they are in the same space The writer shows that change has always been on the Plains the characters routinely think back on ancestors and visit ruins of former homes and plainsd there was one very funny scene whe [...]
This novel set in western Nebraska is one of those community dramas, with some interesting characters and a deep affection for the landscape and lifestyle of a ranching community undergoing change as newcomers move in to take advantage of the beauty of the landscape The author doesn t make as much of that theme as he could, and when he does it s often sentimental than insightful It s also a sign that there may be too many characters to introduce when the character who s the focus of the first c [...]
Set on the prairies of Nebraska, this is a story of generations living in a small town that is now growing and experiencing some growing pains Lots of character development and an unresolved ending.
DNF Didn t care about the story 75pp in so I left it behind on a plane
Good characterization good story of families and how lives have changed as a small ranch area town changes into a bigger city ending a horrendous event.
sad but great
Dan set the bar very high with IN THE CENTER OF THE NATION He s got good elevation on this attempt, but not that high Still, it s very good.