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Ron CharlesThe opening chapters of William Kittredge's new Western are so seductive you'll want to strap on spurs and light out for the territory. The Willow Field spans most of the 20th century and describes a way of life that hung on for decades after the rest of the country slipped into the effete and poisonous modern age. But the most surprising thing about Kittredge's novel is that it's his first. After dozens of essays and short stories and his memoir, Hole in the Sky , it's easy to imagine that you must have read a novel by this 74-year-old writer before. In fact, he and Steven M. Krauzer, a colleague at the University of Montana, wrote nine Westerns under the pseudonym "Owen Rountree" in the 1980s, but this time he's riding solo under his own name and calling the outing his debut.
— The Washington Post