And the Desert Shall Blossom: A Novel

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Salt Lake City, UT 1991 Hard Cover First Edition, First Thus New in Very Good jacket Stated First Edition Text/BRAND NEW. Linen boards w/gilt spine letter/Fine. DJ/VG w/ closed ... tears to upper spine edge. 1988 First Prize winner of the Utah Arts Council Literary Competition. Historical novel set in the early 1930s of the Great Depression, of the personal struggles of a young Mormon family and the building of the Hoover Dam. Story of how Esther and Alfred Jensen, with their growing young family, leave Brigham City, Utah for promise of steady employment for the ramshackle company town on the Colorado River housing dam construction laborers. A chronicle of dreams of an economically stressed family, discordant political intrigue, engineering challenges, and labor strikes. Read more Show Less

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It is the early 1930s, and the promise of steady employment impels Alf and Esther Jensen to travel with their growing family from Brigham City, Utah to the ramshackle company town on the Colorado River that houses the laborers hired to construct the Boulder Dam. Guided by her Mormon faith but afflicted with a fragile emotional nature, Esther battles for family stability with Alf, who is driven by wanderlust and his disastrous get-rich-quick schemes. This story of family tension and growth is set amid the political intrigue, engineering challenges, and labor strikes that attended the building of the dam. Appealing as both a literary and historical narrative of the American Southwest, this novel is highly recommended.-- Sheila Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C.
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A historical novel set in the south Nevada desert during construction of Boulder Dam. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874803631
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340

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