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Following the Harvest

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Following the Harvest tells the story of sixteen-year-old Will Haley, who journeys north in the summer of 1943 as a member of a wheat-harvesting crew.

Traveling with his father, along with a hump-backed hired hand, a whiny truck driver and his pretty wife, two cousins from Mississippi, and his father’s best friend, Will makes his way from Vernon, Oklahoma, to Rhame, North Dakota. Not everyone will make the return trip to Oklahoma, and when an ...

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Overview

Following the Harvest tells the story of sixteen-year-old Will Haley, who journeys north in the summer of 1943 as a member of a wheat-harvesting crew.

Traveling with his father, along with a hump-backed hired hand, a whiny truck driver and his pretty wife, two cousins from Mississippi, and his father’s best friend, Will makes his way from Vernon, Oklahoma, to Rhame, North Dakota. Not everyone will make the return trip to Oklahoma, and when an accident claims a crew member’s life, Will is forced to take charge and become mature beyond his years.

“A well written, fun read that will make you understand why Harris is being included with the likes of Willa Cather and Larry McMurtry. He is truly that good.”—Tulsa World

Fred Harris, author of Coyote Revenge, Easy Pickin’s, and sixteen books of nonfiction, has also had a distinguished career in politics and higher education. Twice elected to the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma, he is now Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico.

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Remote Vernon, Okla., the setting of Harris's previous two novels (Coyote Revenge; Easy Pickin's), is the kickoff point for a journey through many layers of the past in the author's latest. In the summer of 1943, 16-year-old Will Haley leaves his hometown of Vernon to head north with his father's wheat-harvesting crew. Accompanying the pair on what Will regards as his "moveable adventure" are a motley cast of characters, each of whom plays a role in spurring his emotional growth along the way; his heavy-drinking, critical father presents him with his greatest challenge. Will's love of history allows for natural narrative explorations of the places they see, while his letters home to family and friends both document the trip and offer a glimpse of what his life is like at home. Harris, who has a real fondness for period detail, doesn't rush the group's journey, poring over every facet of the countryside and cities through which they pass. This quaint coming-of-age adventure is a pleasantly told tale with an easy feel for regional dialogue, leaving the reader with the sense that Harris-a former senator from Oklahoma-relishes the trip as much as his protagonist. Agent, Elaine Markson. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806136363
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Twice elected to the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma, Fred Harris is now Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including his most recent novel, Following the Harvest.

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