The Meadow [NOOK Book]

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An American Library Association Notable Book

In discrete disclosures joined with the intricacy of a spider's web, James Galvin depicts the hundred-year history of a meadow in the arid mountains of the Colorado/Wyoming border. Galvin describes the seasons, the weather, the wildlife, and the few people who do not possess but are themselves possessed by this terrain. In so doing he reveals an experience that is part of our heritage and ...
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Overview



An American Library Association Notable Book

In discrete disclosures joined with the intricacy of a spider's web, James Galvin depicts the hundred-year history of a meadow in the arid mountains of the Colorado/Wyoming border. Galvin describes the seasons, the weather, the wildlife, and the few people who do not possess but are themselves possessed by this terrain. In so doing he reveals an experience that is part of our heritage and mythology. For Lyle, Ray, Clara, and App, the struggle to survive on an independent family ranch is a series of blameless failures and unacclaimed successes that illuminate the Western character. The Meadow evokes a sense of place that can be achieved only by someone who knows it intimately.

Galvin depicts the 100-year history of a meadow in the arid mountains of the Colorado/Wyoming border. He describes the seasons, weather, wildlife, and the few people who do not possess but are themselves possessed by this terrain. "Galvin blends fiction and fact into a haunting story . . . (a) careful, honest, and passionate exploration. . . ."--The New York Times Book Review.

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Editorial Reviews

William Kittredge
A masterpiece. The Meadow is one of the best books ever written about the American West.
Jim Harrison
A unique and extraordinary book, a mixture of novel and natural history wherein Galvin reinvents the form, the true mark of a genuine artist...I can't recommend it too highly."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These ragged sketches of ranch life along the Wyoming-Colorado border depict Galvin's neighbors--hardscrabble folk--in wry, stoic stories of skill, survival and loss that flash back and forth across 100 years of the high meadow's history. The author's Imaginary Timber style of lyrical reserve is sufficient to preserve Lyle, Ray, Clara and Appleton in prose amber, but he is too respectful of Lyle to press him on why his sister Clara left the ranch and blew her brains out. The prose soars only in descriptions of weather in the meadow, of Lyle's ax work and Ray's machinery. Still, there is spare beauty here, and readers of Richard Ford, Jim Harrison and Rick Bass will feel at home in Galvin's country. Apr.
Library Journal
This wonderful collection of vignettes and short sketches centers on a high country meadow located in the Neversummer Mountains along the Colorado/Wyoming border. Galvin, author of three books of poetry Elements, Copper Canyon Pr., 1988 , knows the landscape intimately and conveys an unforgettable sense of the beauty and isolation of the area. Equally fascinating are the portraits of the few who inhabit this landscape of rugged individualists and family ranches. Rarely has an author captured life in the American West with such poignancy. Highly recommended for most collections.-- Tim Markus, Evergreen State Coll. Lib., Olympia, Wash.
School Library Journal
YA-- A true story that reads like a novel, its focal point being a piece of land in the Neversummer Mountains on the Colorado-Wyoming border. In a series of vivid vignett e s and short sketches, Gavin records the 100-year history of the meadow and the few people who lived and died there. His description of every facet of life there, its seasons, the weather, the wildlife, is so evocative that readers can easily understand why its inhabitants care so much about it. This fine piece of regional writing will recall the land and people of the American West to anyone who has been there, and introduce them to those who have not. It is a book that would grace any collection. --Pamela B. Rearden, Centerville Regonial Library, Fairfax County, VA
From the Publisher

"Gifted poet James Galvin blends fiction and fact into a haunting story . . . This careful, honest, and passionate exploration gives The Meadow its power and beauty. "-Harry Middleton,The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466864559
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 134,256
  • File size: 230 KB

Meet the Author



Raised in northern Colorado, James Galvin is the author of three volumes of poetry and a novel, Fencing the Sky. He has received the Nation/Discovery Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Institutes. Mr. Galvin divides his time between Iowa City, where he teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, and his ranch near Tie Siding, Wyoming.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    Echofrost

    "The thing is. Im a tough cookie. I make people work for me. Because if I give myself for free. I get used. And other shes are free." She says smiling then taps her tail on his nose

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    Posted June 4, 2014

    Nightwish

    " i am not sure"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    Requires a specific cultural taste.

    'This was a book chosen by our book club and was panned by all members. We chose it because the book was set in the area we live in (Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming). I'm not sure what to even classify this book as: Fiction? Non-Fiction? or a combo of both. There really isn't a story to the book and I was confused about the characters and their purpose. HOWEVER....I have discussed this book with some other people and they have absolutley loved it. These people all share a common thread: they have been raised on/near a ranch or ranch town and mainly they are from this area as well. So I guess would appeal to this paticular culture. Because of this fact don't mistake that this book is a 'western' in the common sense of the word.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2000

    Reflections on Wyoming

    5 Stars if the Rocky Mountains and the people who inhabit them are a topic of interest. I am from Wyoming and can attest that each character described in the book has a counterpart in virtually every small mountain state town. Wonderful and very sensitive descriptions of people who work with their hands and by the sweat of their brows. First class stuff. Well received at our book club in Hong Kong [current residence]so the book holds up under cross-cultural scrutiny.

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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