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One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow: A Novel Paperback – Import, 8 October 2019
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From the bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night comes a powerful and poetic novel of survival and sacrifice on the American frontier.
Wyoming, 1876. For as long as they have lived on the frontier, the Bemis and Webber families have relied on each other. With no other settlers for miles, it is a matter of survival. But when Ernest Bemis finds his wife, Cora, in a compromising situation with their neighbor, he doesn&;t think of survival. In one impulsive moment, a man is dead, Ernest is off to prison, and the women left behind are divided by rage and remorse.
Losing her husband to Cora&;s indiscretion is another hardship for stoic Nettie Mae. But as a brutal Wyoming winter bears down, Cora and Nettie Mae have no choice but to come together as one family&;to share the duties of working the land and raising their children. There&;s Nettie Mae&;s son, Clyde&;no longer a boy, but not yet a man&;who must navigate the road to adulthood without a father to guide him, and Cora&;s daughter, Beulah, who is as wild and untamable as her prairie home.
Bound by the uncommon threads in their lives and the challenges that lie ahead, Cora and Nettie Mae begin to forge an unexpected sisterhood. But when a love blossoms between Clyde and Beulah, bonds are once again tested, and these two resilient women must finally decide whether they can learn to trust each other&;or else risk losing everything they hold dear.
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"Enchanting...A skillful storyteller, Hawker serves up seemingly endless pages with vivid Wyoming descriptions...A suspenseful female-survivor story, about hardship on the frontier." --Authorlink
"Set in 1876 Wyoming, One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow is a deftly crafted historical novel that fully captures hardscrabble life on the American frontier. An absorbing read from first page to last, and highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Through unexpected characters and vivid prose, Olivia Hawker explores the varied landscape of the human spirit. Olivia’s interest in geneal¬ogy often informs her writing: her two novels, The Ragged Edge of Night and One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow, are based on true stories found within her own family tree. She lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, where she homesteads at Longlight, a one-acre microfarm dedicated to sustainable permaculture practices. For more information, visit www.hawkerbooks.com/olivia.
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (8 October 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542091144
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542091145
- Item Weight : 481 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #428,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not a fast paced book. There's not a lot of dialogue in this book. There's not a lot of action in this book. What there is, is a story, told the way you might hear it from a seanchaí or a bard. It's flowing prose, full of descriptions that are meant to allow the the reader to imagine themselves in the time and the place and to allow him or her to feel what the characters are feeling. It's not a book you're going to zip through in a couple of days of reading. It's a book to savor, to stop to ponder a turn of phrase, or to take the time to build the setting in your minds eye.
It's a spiritual story, but not a religious one. It's a story of loss, pain, hate, love, life, death, and redemption.
I guess some could say it was lyrical or beautiful.... But I thought it repetitive and too descript (think Hemmingway). Just a matter of personal preference on that aspect.
I gave 3 stars instead of 2 only because it has more literary value than pop fiction. But I did not enjoy it much at all.