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The Good Oak

The Good Oak

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by Martin Etchart
     
 

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Thirteen-year-old Matt Echbar is angry at the world. His widowed father is too busy for him, and his grandfather is an embarrassment, an unschooled Basque shepherd whose language and customs are completely alien to Matt’s all-American lifestyle. Things get worse when the grandfather steals a flock of sheep and dragoons Matt into helping him drive them to a

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Thirteen-year-old Matt Echbar is angry at the world. His widowed father is too busy for him, and his grandfather is an embarrassment, an unschooled Basque shepherd whose language and customs are completely alien to Matt’s all-American lifestyle. Things get worse when the grandfather steals a flock of sheep and dragoons Matt into helping him drive them to a secret camp in the Arizona mountains. The ensuing adventure is one of the most compelling and delightful coming-of-age novels in recent fiction. As Matt and his aitatxi, accompanied by their two faithful sheepdogs, drive the flock across the burgeoning suburbs of Phoenix and into the remote mountains, the boy learns the ancient skills of the sheepherder and discovers the unexpected wisdom that has given his Old Country grandfather the strength and patience of a sturdy oak. By the time the journey reaches its fateful conclusion, Matt has developed a new bond with the old man and has learned that true manhood includes accepting one’s heritage. 

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"Martin Etchart has given us that rare thing: a heartfelt book written with clear beauty. The Good Oak is not only about the New West, it is about the oldest verity: the value of family. . . . This is a story to treasure." —Ron Carlson, author of the story collection A Kind of Flying 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874178975
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
10/01/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
975 KB

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Meet the Author

Martin Etchart is director of the creative writing program at Phoenix College. He has written screenplays and another novel, The Good Oak (University of Nevada Press). 

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The Good Oak (Western Literature Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Martin Etchart is an excellent author. His book exemplifies American literature. I appreciated his use of humor to demonstrate the central themes of the story. I've since recommended the book to close friends who have also enjoyed the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the review online of this book I decided to give it a try and I was not disapointed. I find myself laughing outload in some spots. This author knows how to write a good story. It draws you in and doesn't let go. I have a hard time puting it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a phenominal read from cover to cover. Very Very Funny story for any season and any age. This book is among the new classics and this author has renewed my faith in American Literature. I ended up purchasing several as Christmas gifts for friends and family.