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The diverse western landscapes described in Mark Spragg's first novel are harsh, primeval, and stirring -- a fitting backdrop for parable and modern myth. Weaving lighthearted, tender, poignant moments within an occasionally dark tale of passion and loss, Spragg invests his work with a humanity reminiscent of John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy and offers a reaffirming message as true and powerful as the characters that populate this heartwarming book.
In Valentine, Wyoming, McEban and Bennett are best friends in love with the same woman, Gretchen. When Bennett marries Gretchen, the sturdy and rugged McEban swallows his heartache and survives as best he can. For more than two decades, McEban hides his pain -- until Gretchen finally leaves Bennett for another man. McEban, forever bound by his loyalty to his best friend, eventually persuades Bennett to fight for his wife and win her back. A road trip to Denver, Colorado, ensues, during which both men rediscover the potent and conflicted nature of their brotherhood. A journey of spiritual reevaluation takes shape as they venture to regain what's meaningful in their lives.
Spragg has a fine ear for the dialect of the earthy denizens of the Rocky Mountains. And, as he showed in his critically acclaimed memoir Where Rivers Change Direction, he knows how to draw up the smallest details to describe some of the world's most resplendent natural majesties. The Fruit of Stone delves deeply into the fertile textures of an American West that remains a place of tradition, legend, and virtue. Tom Piccirilli