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Christmas in Calico: An American Fable

Christmas in Calico: An American Fable

by Jack Curtis
     
 
Distinguished writer Jack Curtis winningly combines suspense and a timeless holiday message with the best Western literary tradition in this dramatic novel. Heavy with child, Rose Cameron and her delicate son, Tommy, have tried to carry on her late husband's dream of a successful horse ranch despite a long drought, a thieving hired hand, and neighbors who want her

Overview

Distinguished writer Jack Curtis winningly combines suspense and a timeless holiday message with the best Western literary tradition in this dramatic novel. Heavy with child, Rose Cameron and her delicate son, Tommy, have tried to carry on her late husband's dream of a successful horse ranch despite a long drought, a thieving hired hand, and neighbors who want her land. But the hardest ordeal of all happens during Christmas, when a winter-kill blizzard sweeps the Nevada prairie, forcing Rose and Tommy to seek refuge in the poor town of Calico, where they must depend on the kindness of desperate strangers-and one mysterious lone rider-to survive and restore their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A pregnant widow and her sick son. A banker threatening to foreclose on the widow's loan. Unfriendly neighbors who want her land. A tall, dark stranger on a black stallion. Novelist and Emmy-nominated scriptwriter (for Gunsmoke) Curtis combines all the elements of a classic Western into a Christmas story.
Kirkus Reviews
ld Western hand Curtis has published 18 novels (No Mercy, 1995, etc.), usually oaters. Now, in a turn-of-the-century Nevada Christmas fable, he blends suspense with a Dickensian miracle. Widow Rose Cameron is pregnant, raising her sick son Tommy, and trying to hold her late husband's horse ranch together rather than sell out to the bank. But a tremendous blizzard sweeps in from the plains and sends hope up into the howling winds. First came the Indians, then rustlers, then squatters, then drought, and now a blizzard. And Christmas is near as Joel Reese, a black-hatted stranger on a big black stallion named Coalie, rides over to the Cameron ranch and asks Rose if he can sleep in her barn. Instead she offers to let him stay in her house and care for her turkeys (if they don't freeze first) while she takes Tommy to the doctor in the poor and depressed town of Calico. Things go from bad to worse in Calico, where everybody owes the bank and nobody—-not the doctor, not the storekeeper—-wants to extend credit to Rose. Even the saloon's going under. Eventually, she does sell out to the bank while Tommy lies dying of fever. Then Reese rides into town and takes the Scots banker, Gotch, on a forced tour of the cemetery the frosty town has become—-with a dead dog in the street and coyotes digging up graves—-but Gotch has a dour Scottish witticism to offer for every foul view. The dead themselves, though, will straighten Gotch out.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875965437
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Jack Curtis is the author of 18 popular Westerns including The Quiet Cowboy (Pocket Books, 1994) and Eagles Over Big Sur (Borgo Press, 1988). Jack has also written short stories and award-winning poetry, and was a television writer for twelve years for series including Zane Grey Theater, Gunsmoke, and Dr. Kildare. He lives with his wife and four children on Apple Pie Ranch in Big Sur, California and in San Jose del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico.

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