The Willow Field (Vintage Contemporaries)

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After numerous essays, short stories and the heralded memoir A Hole in the Sky, William Kittredge gives us a debut novel that ratifies his standing as a leading writer of the American West.

Rossie Benasco's horseback existence begins at age 15 and culminates in a thousand-mile drive of more than 200 head of horses through the Rockies into Calgary. It's a journey that leads him, ultimately, to Eliza Stevenson and a passion so powerful, his previously unfocused life gains clarity and purpose. From the settlers, cowboys, and gamblers who opened up this country to the landholders and politicians who ran it, this is an epic tale of love and wide open spaces that stretches over the grand canvas of the twentieth-century West.

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" Hoist yourself into the saddle and ride along for this terse tumbleweed of a novel and you'll know what to make of the phrase writing the West . . . [Its] elements call for distilled storytelling, of which Kittredge proves master."
--John Balzar, "Los Angeles Times Book Review"
" [In his] beautifully composed novel about a cowboy of Basque origin who grows up in the 20th century in his home state of Montana, William Kittredge, one of the American West's most respected fiction writers and essayists, put us on notice that [he] has become a worthy successor to A. B. Guthrie and 'The Great Montana Novel.'"
--Alan Cheuse, "San Francisco Chronicle"
" This much is true: William Kittredge has remastered the Western saga, creating in "The Willow Field" a story with such classic scenes and characters that it nearly conjures de ja vu. It doesn't quite, because Kittredge's characters are fresh and new while remaining faithful to the era of the mid-20th century West."
--Skye K. Moody, "Seattle Times"
" So seductive you'll want to strap on spurs and light out for the territory. "The Willow Field "spans most of the 20th century and describes a way of life that hung on for decades after the country slipped into the effete and poisonous modern age . . . A showcase for the startling beauty of Kittredge's prose and his knowledge of the West . . . sensitively and intricately drawn. "
--Ron Charles, "The Washington Post Book World"
" Love, sorrow, frustration, the compromises that men and women make to live together, horses, politics, friendship, the look and feel of the West between 1933 and 1991--it's all here.Kittredge uses strong, earthy language to tell the story . . . laying his meanings between the lines like a modern Ernest Hemingway . . "
--"Library Journal"
" Luminous . . . An exploration of the magnetic fields that draw people together and push them apart . . . Kittredge knows that deal, and he gets it exactly right."
--Bill Ott, "Booklist, "starred review
" "The Willow Field "is a big, wild-hearted American saga. An instant classic."
- Gretel Ehrlich
" Superlatives can be annoying, but when a man so many of us love steps up to the plate in his mid-seventies and parks it, what can we do but throw our hats at the sky? "The Willow Field" is the shit. Historically and geographically sweeping; soaringly lyrical yet so tuned to the terse wisdom of its horseman hero it sends chills all the way down to your saddle and into and on out the horse. William Kittredge is the bard laureate of the American West, and this novel will be bringing people joy thousands of days from today."
-- David James Duncan
" With a compelling confidence . . . Kittredge balances earthy dialogue with lyrical prose to create a memorable evocation of the American west."
"--Publishers Weekly"
" "The Willow Field "is a Western in the richest sense of that word. There is a taproot here, and something elemental about the American West comes pushing through the prose itself. I read it as a love song too, part lament, part passionate embrace, by a writer obsessed with a complex terrain he knows from the bottom up, from the inside out. I salute Bill Kittredge for what he has given us in this abundant and heartfulbook." --James D. Houston
" As much as this powerful novel is infatuated with the American West--its grave succession that ends in modernity, its land and animals as viewed by humans, its conflicts and trials, its quiet--it is also a novel in love with language itself, as stargazers are in love with light. Kittredge's novel is ample and satisfying and luminous. It's surely the book he was most meant to write."
--Richard Ford

"From the Hardcover edition."

& quot; Hoist yourself into the saddle and ride along for this terse tumbleweed of a novel and you'll know what to make of the phrase writing the West . . . [Its] elements call for distilled storytelling, of which Kittredge proves master.& quot;
--John Balzar, Los Angeles Times Book Review
& quot; [In his] beautifully composed novel about a cowboy of Basque origin who grows up in the 20th century in his home state of Montana, William Kittredge, one of the American West's most respected fiction writers and essayists, put us on notice that [he] has become a worthy successor to A. B. Guthrie and 'The Great Montana Novel.'& quot;
--Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
& quot; This much is true: William Kittredge has remastered the Western saga, creating in The Willow Field a story with such classic scenes and characters that it nearly conjures d e j a vu. It doesn't quite, because Kittredge's characters are fresh and new while remaining faithful to the era of the mid-20th century West.& quot;
--Skye K. Moody, Seattle Times
& quot; So seductive you'll want to strap on spurs and light out for the territory. The Willow Field spans most of the 20th century and describes a way of life that hung on for decades after the country slipped into the effete and poisonous modern age . . . A showcase for the startling beauty of Kittredge's prose and his knowledge of the West . . . sensitively and intricately drawn. & quot;
--Ron Charles, The Washington Post BookWorld
& quot; Love, sorrow, frustration, the compromises that men and women make to live together, horses, politics, friendship, the look and feel of the West between 1933 and 1991--it's all here. Kittredge uses strong, earthy language to tell the story . . . laying his meanings between the lines like a modern Ernest Hemingway . . & quot;
-- Library Journal
& quot; Luminous . . . An exploration of the magnetic fields that draw people together and push them apart . . . Kittredge knows that deal, and he gets it exactly right.& quot;
--Bill Ott, Booklist, starred review
" The Willow Field is a big, wild-hearted American saga. An instant classic. "
- Gretel Ehrlich
" Superlatives can be annoying, but when a man so many of us love steps up to the plate in his mid-seventies and parks it, what can we do but throw our hats at the sky? The Willow Field is the shit. Historically and geographically sweeping; soaringly lyrical yet so tuned to the terse wisdom of its horseman hero it sends chills all the way down to your saddle and into and on out the horse. William Kittredge is the bard laureate of the American West, and this novel will be bringing people joy thousands of days from today. "
-- David James Duncan
& quot; With a compelling confidence . . . Kittredge balances earthy dialogue with lyrical prose to create a memorable evocation of the American west.& quot;
--PublishersWeekly
& quot; The Willow Field is a Western in the richest sense of that word. There is a taproot here, and something elemental about the American West comes pushing through the prose itself. I read it as a love song too, part lament, part passionate embrace, by a writer obsessed with a complex terrain he knows from the bottom up, from the inside out. I salute Bill Kittredge for what he has given us in this abundant and heartful book.& quot; --James D. Houston
" As much as this powerful novel is infatuated with the American West--its grave succession that ends in modernity, its land and animals as viewed by humans, its conflicts and trials, its quiet--it is also a novel in love with language itself, as stargazers are in love with light. Kittredge's novel is ample and satisfying and luminous. It's surely the book he was most meant to write. "
--Richard Ford

From the Hardcover edition.

Startling beautiful. . . . So seductive you'll want to strap on spurs and light out for the territory. "The Washington Post Book World" Powerful. . . . Reminiscent of Larry McMurtry's classic "Lonesome Dove." . . . Rich with vivid descriptions of the West. "The Toronto Globe and Mail" Kittredge is a first-rate thinker, gracefully slipping D.H. Lawrence, Mike Royko and an homage to Norman Maclean into "The Willow Field." . . .This is a book that many will cherish. "The Plain Dealer" Beautifully composed. . . . Kittredge . . . has become a worthy successor to A. B. Guthrie and The Great Montana Novel. "San Francisco Chronicle""

"Startling beautiful. . . . So seductive you'll want to strap on spurs and light out for the territory."--The Washington Post Book World"Powerful. . . . Reminiscent of Larry McMurtry's classic Lonesome Dove. . . . Rich with vivid descriptions of the West."--The Toronto Globe and Mail"Kittredge is a first-rate thinker, gracefully slipping D.H. Lawrence, Mike Royko and an homage to Norman Maclean into The Willow Field. . . .This is a book that many will cherish."--The Plain Dealer"Beautifully composed. . . . Kittredge . . . has become a worthy successor to A. B. Guthrie and 'The Great Montana Novel.'"--San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author:

William Kittredge is the author of Hole in the Sky, a memoir; two collections of essays, The Nature of Generosity and Owning It All; and two collections of stories, The Van Gogh Fields and We Are Not in This Together. With Annick Smith, he edited The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology. A co-producer of the movie A River Runs Through It, he grew up on his family ranch in Oregon, studied at Oregon State University and the University of Iowa, and was Regents Professor at the University of Montana for decades. He lives in Montana but travels widely.

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