Back Cover Blurb
"Clay Calvert, an orphan, works as a hand on a sheep ranch until he stumbles into trouble and is forced to flee. Journeying throughout the state, from the lush coastal forests to the Willamette Valley, to the golden wheat fields east of the cascades, he encounters a cast of characters as rich and diverse as the land, including a native Tunne boy and a beautiful girl named Luce."
This was one of the worst Pulitzer books so far. It took me forever to make it through this. The story seemed kind of messy and it never really gives you time to get to know any of the new characters. Every time Clay meets someone new, they talk about that person for about 10 pages and then he moves on. Also far too many descriptions of the surroundings, for my taste. It makes that the story drags on forever. Would not recommend!
Favorite Character(s): No one really.
First sentence: "There was a run-down old tollbridge station in the Shoestring Valley of Southern Oregon where Uncle Preston Shiveley had lived for fifty years, outlasting a wife, two sons, several plagues of grasshoppers, wheat-rust and caterpillars, a couple or three invasions of land-hunting settlers and real-estate speculators, and everybody else except the scattering of old pioneers who had cockleburred themselves onto the country at about the same time he did."
Page Count: 380
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