The Work of Wolves

The Work of Wolves

by Kent Meyers
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The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers

When fourteen-year-old Carson Fielding bought his first horse from Magnus Yarborough, it became clear that the teenager was a better judge of horses than the rich landowner was of humans. Years later, Carson, now a skilled and respected horse trainer, grudgingly agrees to train Magnus's horses and teach his wife to ride. But as Carson becomes disaffected with the power-hungry Magnus, he also grows more and more attracted to the rancher's wife, and their relationship sets off a violent chain of events that unsettles their quiet reservation border town in South Dakota. Thrown into the drama are Earl Walks Alone, an Indian trying to study his way out of the reservation and into college, and Willi, a German exchange student confronting his family's troubled history.

In this unforgettable story of horses, love, and life, Carson and the entire ensemble of characters learn, in very different ways, about the strong bonds that connect people to each other and to the land on which they live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547350882
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 07/11/2005
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 213,798
File size: 732 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

KENT MEYERS is the author of The Work of Wolves, Light in the Crossing, The River Warren, and The Witness of Combines. He is a recipient of an ALA Alex Award, two Minnesota Book Awards, and a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award. His work has been included in the New York Times list of Notable Books and is published in a wide array of prestigious magazines.

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The Work of Wolves 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is essentially a story of fathers and sons, of honor and courage despite broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams. The author's craft in weaving a story about Carson, Earl and Willi, three very different characters, is masterful. Faced with a crisis, the characters follow their personal code of honor to resolve an ugly situation. A wonderful tale. Interesting to learn about the Lakota tribe and Nazi Germany. I read this in three nights and am recommending it to men and women alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read Twisted Tree at the end of 2009. I found it fascinating in the different viewpoints, in how the events unfolded from the different perceptions of different characters. The book was a combination of small town story telling method, the and the very long view of the philospher, steeped in Dakotas realities: weather, distance, loneliness, time to think and too much time to think. I then ordered Work of Wolves, and was even more impressed, for the same reasons and others. Kent Meyers' observations of animals is keen (I keep and love horses and they do define your life with their grace and the sadness of their dependency on us), and I savored his words. His characters were fascinating, I loved the description of the land -- I could see it all like I was sitting up at the water tower watching all the events unfold (read the book and you will understand). A wonderful book, not just for (or even for, at all) people who like "Westerns." This is, quite simply, a lyrical tale of what honor looks like and means when there is no reasonable choice for action. It broke my heart, and informed my moral compass, and it was beautiful to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read in some time. The writing itself is wonderful. The story is both inspiring and unpredictable. Kent Meyers takes an insightful and respectful approach to very different characters as they seek to cope and make sense of their difficult lives. In the end, it leaves one with a sense of hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book from the first pages picked it for my book club they loved it too
susanwarne More than 1 year ago
Sensitive, lyrical, spiritual - a gem of a book, beautifully crafted.
nooklooker More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Each character has his own story to tell whether it's growing up on a ranch or reservation. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my kind of story. It got a little bogged down toward the end but definitely give it a thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim, and am pleased I did; the writing is so good and the story so wise I READ IT STRAIGHT THROUGH. This writer can write prose!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gender male crush mate pups no no no uh my fur color is goldish silverish redish i have blue eyes my peronality is meet me (i will update and do a better job im just tired its 2:25
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life is too short - find something else to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life of four young men, this writer is really talented.
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