Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat

Book - 1993
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For this Bison Books edition, James Welch, the acclaimed author of Winter in the Blood (1986) and other novels, introduces Mildred Walker's vivid heroine, Ellen Webb, who lives in the dryland wheat country of central Montana during the early 1940s. He writes, "It is a story about growing up, becoming a woman, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, within the space of a year and a half. But what a year and a half it is!" Welch offers a brief biography of Walker, who wrote nine of her thirteen novels while living in Montana.
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1993]
ISBN: 9780803297418
Characteristics: xiii, 306 pages ; 21 cm


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M_Henderson May 02, 2011

Well, I think I have found a new favorite author, and how wonderful that I have several more to read! Such a treat. WINTER WHEAT is a slow-paced, beautifully written study of character and place. We get to know Ellen Webb, a young and intelligent woman who loves her Montana wheat fields as much as she yearns to move away from them. Each character -- even peripheral folks we never actually "meet" in person, such as Aunt Eunice -- is a fully fleshed out individual. These folks lead quiet lives, not just of desperation (although there is some of that) but with lots of hidden emotion. I think I have found the American version of Anita Brookner (or perhaps Brookner is the British Mildred Walker).

jolynure Apr 03, 2011

This is a great book! I am amazed at the 2 star rating by some...such a wonderful story of growing up and understanding real love and real life. Beautifully written as well. G-rated and meaningful.


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