In short vignettes, Galvin gives us a deeply personal portrait of the people who lived in a mountain meadow along the Colorado-Wyoming border over its hundred-year history. His portraits illuminate the Western character and evolve a sense of place like no other.More
"These ragged sketches of ranch life along the Wyoming-Colorado border depict Galvin's neighbors--hardscrabble folk--in wry, stoic stories of skill, survival and loss that flash back and forth across 100 years of the high meadow's history - there is spare beauty here, and readers of Richard Ford, Jim Harrison and Rick Bass will feel at home in Galvin's country." (Publishers Weekly)
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Reading the Meadow is almost like reading a poem..
I will recommend this book to anyone who has a love of nature and of the history of the settlement of America. My passion is hiking and exploration and I often think to myself that it would be exquisite to somehow be able to time travel at a waterfall or mountaintop to see the events that have taken place over time. The Meadow transports us back in time to the events that have shaped the American west and so vividly recreates the sense of wonder that humans must have felt while in those wild environs.
I love the clarity of the characters and the overriding theme of man in nature. Most of all I love that the characters do not place blame for their struggles in life. It is a beautiful allegory of the soul moving towards higher consciousness through interaction with natural elements and each other. At one point the main character says that he should never have expanded his home in the meadow as he ended up there alone with no need for all the extra room...it was an insightful comment which we all ask ourselves at some time in our lives...did we really improve anything through our lifelong struggles? The answer, of course, is that the journey was the important element not the end result.
His voice is light and confident.
- Shelby Stephens