Forged from Elmer Kelton's 1950s observations of drought-ravaged West Texas, this Spur Award winner-written by the WWA's greatest Western writer-tells the compelling story of one rancher's struggle to maintain his independence. But as rainless years continue and farmers and ranchers sell their souls for federal hand-outs, Charlie finds himself under increasing pressure to compromise his principles. "One of the . best novels written by an American ."-American West in Fiction
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by Elmer Kelton
"Acclaimed Western writer Elmer Kelton offers a tale based on firsthand accounts of drought-stricken Texas in the 1950s. It's the story of Charlie Flagg, a hardworking farmer who has always squeaked by--but who finds it increasingly difficult to do so as the pressure intensifies to sell his land to the government. Narrator George Guidall is the quintessential Flagg, a believable, likable, honest Texan who will capture listener's hearts and minds. Guidall's tone is gritty and rough, his pronunciation true to form. He brings his audience back a generation to a time when everything was hard to come by. Listeners will find it hard not to keep a glass of water nearby. L.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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