An Unfinished Life

An Unfinished Life

by Mark Spragg
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An Unfinished Life by Mark Spragg

In an extraordinary tale of love and forgiveness, Mark Spragg brings us this novel of a complex, prodigal homecoming.

Jean Gilkyson has a history of choosing the wrong men. After yet another night of argument turned to violence with her boyfriend, Roy, Jean knows it's time to leave—if not for herself, then for her ten-year-old daughter, Griff. But the only place they can afford to go is Ishawooa, Wyoming, where Jean's family is dead and her deceased husband's father Einar wishes Jean was too.

Of course, Griff knows none of this—only that here in Wyoming, with a grandfather she has never known and his crippled friend Mitch, she may finaly be able to find a home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400042012
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/31/2004
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Mark Spragg is the author of Where Rivers Change Direction, a memoir that won the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers award, and the novels The Fruit of Stone and An Unfinished Life,which was chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as the Best Book of 2004. All three were top-ten Book Sense selections and have been translated into fifteen languages. He lives with his wife, Virginia, in Wyoming.

Mark Spragg is represented by Random House Speakers Bureau (www.rhspeakers.com)

Hometown:

Cody, Wyoming

Date of Birth:

March 20, 1952

Place of Birth:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Education:

B.A. in English, University of Wyoming, 1974

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Unfinished Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
MrsO More than 1 year ago
I usually pass books on that I've read to a thrift shop, but think I will keep this one on my bookshelf just in case I want to read it a second time. Einar and Mitch and Griff were instantly admirable and believable and the story was a little bit of everything from sad to funny to suspenseful. Each person was so well described that I could picture them in my mind as I read and didn't want the story to end because I don't know when I will find another story that I've enjoyed so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel, if you want a broken woman who needed something in her life and a man who needed healing then this is the book for you. I has almost everything you could have always wanted sex, violence, true love (not in a relationship kind of way), and family. I would strongly recommend this book for everyone who enjoys a good laugh and cry (I loved the movie also)... Pick up this book and read it you will fall in love with it as much as I have,
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark Spragg's An Unfinished Life is an absolute treasure! Without a doubt one of the best novels of recent years. Exquisite! Highly recommended.
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AZ_Jim More than 1 year ago
Wow. Mark Spragg manages to do more with a sentence than most writers do with a chapter. The spare, beautiful language reminds me very much of Kent Haruf, who is evidently a friend of Spragg's. He creates characters that you care about and root for. Several times, I would stop reading to make sure that I took time to savor what I just read. I think that the best Spragg book that I've read is "Where Rivers Change Directiions," but this one comes in second.
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words917 More than 1 year ago
As a student of literature and fiction writing, to say I read a lot is an understatement. However, I rarely get to immerse myself in a book without seeing it through my rather brutal, analytical lens. Fortunately, Spragg's beautifully rendered narrative just wouldn't have it. The raw humanity of each character and the compassion with which their stories are unfolded is stunning, and there is much to be learned from the tenderness and forgiveness, the open-hearted approach to life's most wounded, and the blessing of lasting love and friendship that Spragg mines to bring this story to the page. I can't say nearly enough of this generous novel, or share it with as many people as ought to experience it. I've already added Spragg's other work to my shelf. I can't wait.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark Spragg's books should be bound in leather. They are classics. An Unfinished Life about ordinary people in Montana is lyrical, insightful, deep with emotion. I will keep it on my shelf to read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most perfectly constructed, lovingly rendered novels I have ever read. Each character is portrayed with equal depth and we are able to see the humanity in each of them. I am an avid reader and, although I read many good books, the journey I took with this patchwork family was one of the best I've ever taken. Each character is rawly real and develops through the book. This is one of those books where the characters live on in your head long after the last page. The really great thing is that the author is able to zero in on the pain and the joy that each of us feels, until we are led to ah-ha moments, and this book is full of them. READ THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book. It has it all, friendship, romance, family, and conflict. My only critisism was that it ended too soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of books and this is the only one so far this year to knock me off my feet. The characters were real individuals with very authentic scenarios. I felt like I was a part of their lives and wanted the story to continue long after I finished the book. I generally rent all my books from the library but would consider purchasing this book to add to my collection. A great read for any book lover out there.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ten years have passed since Griffin Gilkyson died in an accident at the age of twenty-one. His ¿An unfinished life', as etched on his gravestone, has impacted everyone who loved him. His wife Jean has leaped in and out of the beds of four abusive males since she lost her spouse. His daughter Griff never knew him as she is only nine and a half. His father Einar blames his daughter-in-law for Griffin¿s death, has never met his granddaughter, and wants to die but not before Jean is dead. Finally his best friend, Korean War buddy Mitch would not have been nearly killed by a bear......................... Living in a trailer with a nasty SOB, Jean worries about Griff and decides she needs to regain control of her life. Her only hope is for her and her daughter to buy time at Einar¿s home in Ishawooa, Wyoming though she knows her in-law detests her. She believes it is time for Griff and Einar to meet and for everyone to move on though keep the fond memories of the beloved link that ties all of them together. However, can Einar forgive even though he desperately wants to hug his granddaughter, Griffin¿s only meaningful memory?............................ Though this intriguing family drama is a five tissue box tearjerker that plays on the readers¿ emotions, Mark Spragg does it so well that fans will call him a virtuoso. The story line is obviously character driven with the quartet containing different personalities. There is a suspense laden twist adds tension which takes away from the real action of four people trying to exist together without relating.................... Harriet Klausner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had no surprises. I could 'see' where the book was going at every turn.