Six Bits a Day: A Hewey Calloway Novel

Six Bits a Day: A Hewey Calloway Novel

by Elmer Kelton
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Six Bits a Day: A Hewey Calloway Novel by Elmer Kelton

Hewey Calloway, one of the best-loved cowboys in all of Western fiction, returns in this novel of his younger years as he and his beloved brother Walter leave the family farm in 1889 to find work in the West Texas cow country.
The brothers are polar opposites. Walter pines for a sedate life as a farmer, with wife and children; Hewey is a fiddle-footed cowboy content to work at six bits--75 cents--a day on the Pecos River ranch owned by the penny-pinching C.C. Tarpley. Hewey, who "usually accepted the vagaries of life without getting his underwear in a twist", is fun-loving and whiskey-drinking. He spends every penny he earns and regularly gets into trouble with his boss--and occasionally with the law--often dragging innocent Walter along.
When Walter falls in love with a boarding house girl and begins dreaming of a farmer's life, Hewey jumps at the chance to rescue him from this fate worse than death. He convinces Walter to join him on a mission for Tarpley, driving 600 head of cattle from beyond San Antonio to the Double-C ranch on the Pecos.
The journey is both memorable and dangerous: a murderous outlaw is searching for Hewey; and another ruthless character is determined to sabotage the cattle drive. When the drovers reach the Pecos they find Boss Tarpley in the midst of a vicious range feud with Eli Jessup, a neighboring cowman. Hewey and his brother Walter have to get the herd safely across Jessup's land-but how?
The events of Six Bits a Day precede those of Kelton's bestselling The Good Old Boys (1978, transformed into the memorable 1995 movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spacek), and The Smiling Country (Forge, 1998).

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429912785
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Hewey Calloway Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 281,755
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Elmer Kelton is a native Texan, author of forty novels. He has earned countless honors including a record seven Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, Inc., an organization that has voted Kelton the greatest Western Writer of all time. He lives in San Angelo, Texas.

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards were seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years. He served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.

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Six Bits a Day (Hewey Calloway Series Prequel) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have rated this book a four because I think it is an interesting book and it kept my attention. Elmer did a good job at describing the scenery in his book and describing the characters. He went in great detail in all of the action that happened in the book. My favorite character was Walter I liked him because he was always aware of what he was doing and about his surroundings. I think that he was a good man and Elmer did a great job with laying out his role in the book. Also he does not just want to waste his life away alone and blow all his money on nothing. He wants to get married and had a wife and a few kids because he thinks that he will be happier if he has a family. Walter thinks that he will not be as happy if he did not have a family and went with Hewey to go and explore the world and find a new job in a different part of the country. The setting of this book was interesting to me because the towns were old and they were not the normal towns that they have today. It is more interesting if the towns and the saloons are in the older sense. The older towns are more interesting and they have more history behind them rather than the towns now that do not have any history in them left.
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