Wolf Willow

Wolf Willow

A History, A Story, and A Memory of the Last Plains Frontier

Book - 2000
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Wallace Stegner weaves together fiction and nonfiction, history and impressions, childhood remembrance and adult reflections in this unusual portrait of his boyhood. Set in Cypress Hills in southern Saskatchewan, where Stegner's family homesteaded from 1914 to 1920, Wolf Willow brings to life both the pioneer community and the magnificent landscape that surrounds it.

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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2000.
ISBN: 9780141185019
0141185015
Branch Call Number: 971.243 STEGNER
Characteristics: xxi, 306 pages : maps ; 20 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Mar 08, 2016

I docked this exquisitely written book half a star because it doesn't entirely hang together. Every section's magnificent, though. Stegner's love for the hard-scrabble land of SW Sask. where he spent the formative years of his childhood, from 1914-1920, shines through. He segues from his own memories, to a history of the Mounties, to the years-long surveying of the 49th Parallel boundary and its aftermath, and make you as interested in each as he is. The title comes from a native shrub, the scent of which on a return trip 50 years later brings his entire childhood back to him. I read the book because I'd loved everything else I read by Stegner. Besides, my mother was born nearby during the same time period. I wanted to know more about the area when she and her family lived there than she remembered. I've been recommending it to everyone in my extended family. I also recommend it to anyone interested in America's last frontier, on either side of the border.

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