Willow Field

Willow Field

by William Kittredge
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Willow Field by William Kittredge

After numerous essays, short stories and the heralded memoir A Hole in the Sky, William Kittredge gives us a debut novel that ratifies his standing as a leading writer of the American West.

Rossie Benasco’s horseback existence begins at age 15 and culminates in a thousand-mile drive of more than 200 head of horses through the Rockies into Calgary. It’s a journey that leads him, ultimately, to Eliza Stevenson and a passion so powerful, his previously unfocused life gains clarity and purpose. From the settlers, cowboys, and gamblers who opened up this country to the landholders and politicians who ran it, this is an epic tale of love and wide open spaces that stretches over the grand canvas of the twentieth-century West.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307549365
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/25/2009
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

William Kittredge is the author of Hole in the Sky, a memoir; two collections of essays, The Nature of Generosity and Owning It All; and two collections of stories, The Van Gogh Fields and We Are Not in This Together. With Annick Smith, he edited The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology. A co-producer of the movie A River Runs Through It, he grew up on his family ranch in Oregon, studied at Oregon State University and the University of Iowa, and was Regents Professor at the University of Montana for decades. He lives in Montana but travels widely.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Willow Field 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the bill I would seek out other works by this author and that says it all
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the 1930s, fifteen year old Rossie Benasco, son of the pit boss at the Riverside Casino in Reno, obtains work as a 'wrango boy' at the Neversweat Ranch owned by retired rodeo star Slivers Flynn. He and his employer¿s daughter Mattie are attracted to one another so Slivers offers Rossie a choice. He can herd several hundred horses through Idaho and Montana to Calgary or he can marry Mattie and raise a horde of kids. Not ready for children, Rossie agrees to hit the trail.-------------- At the end of the thousand mile journey, Rossie meets and falls in love with pregnant Scottish Eliza Stevenson. Her dad gives Rossie his Montana farm as a wedding present and soon she gives birth to a son that he adopts as his. The years go by, Rossie runs the farm and he and Eliza adopt a daughter. In December 1941 he enlists in the Marines, but is shot at home station and becomes a supply clerk. The years move on and so have their children----------------- William Kitteredge is at his best with this homage to a bygone Americana rugged outdoors era. Readers will follow deeply Rossie¿s life from the 1930s as a teen through WWII on into the McCarthy period all the way up to 1991 when a ¿family¿ reunion with Mattie occurs. THE WILLOW FIELD is a superb slice of twentieth century Americana.------------- Harriet Klausner