Fresh out of a Defiance, Ohio, high school, Thomas Boyd joined the Marines to serve his country in the patriotic heat of the spring of 1917. In 1919 he came home from the war with a Croix de Guerre and a desire to write. He joined the St. Paul News as a journalist and opened a bookstore, whose patrons included F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. Through the Wheat appeared to immediate acclaim, with F. Scott Fitzgerald calling it "a work of art" and "arresting". Boyd wrote five other works before he died in Vermont of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 37.More
"A remarkable first novel." (The Nation)
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The reading of the book could not keep my interest. The reader's voice was too detracting from the story, and his character voices just didn't seem to match the characters.
I was disappointed in the book because the battles that I believed should have been described more in depth were not. I felt that there could have been more opportunity to weave a better plot into the entire book.
- Patrick Greiffenstein