Her portrayal of the men who work in this environment is very different from the stereotypes of fiction, TV, and movies. She finds cowboys often tender-hearted, quirky, and curiously courtly. Not to be outdone by the men in this world of extremes and hard work, the women she meets and befriends are tough-minded and independent.
Completing her picture are the Native Americans. She portrays them respectfully and with some irony, as they both recover and reinvent a lost heritage.
|Autumn in the Bighorn Mountains|
As slender as a book of poems, this volume of essays calls out to be read slowly and savored, word for word. Meanwhile, the visual imagery calls to mind the sweeping landscapes of John Ford movies. Finally, I don't think there's ever been a book about the West with a more evocative title.
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Coming up: James Galvin, The Meadow