Where Rivers Change Direction

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Riverhead Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 283 pages
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It is a voice that echoes off canyon walls, springs from the rush of rivers, thunders from the hooves of horses. It belongs to award-winner Mark Spragg, and it's as passionate and umcompromising as the wilderness in northwest Wyoming in which he was born: the largest block of unfenced wilderness in the lower forty-eight states. Where Rivers Change Direction is a memoir of childhood spent on the oldest dude ranch in Wyoming--with a family struggling against the elements and against themselves, and with the wry and wise cowboy who taught him life's most important lessons.

As the young Spragg undergoes the inexorable rites of passage that forge the heart and soul of man, he channels Peter Matthiessen and the novels of Ernest Hemingway in his truly unforgettable illuminations of the heartfelt yearnings, the unexpected wisdom, and the irrevocable truths that follow in his wake.

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The prose and imagery are beautiful. - Goodreads
Spragg is an awesome writer. - Goodreads
I like happy endings. - Goodreads
Beautiful storytelling all around! - Goodreads
Mark Spragg has a really poetic style of writing. - Goodreads
The writing is so beautiful and also accessible. - Goodreads

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A lyrical, humble recounting of the author's childhood on a dude ranch in Wyoming, Mark Spragg's Where Rivers Change Direction reads like a love letter to open spaces, horses, and freedom. His writing ... Read full review

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What a mature little boy he was. He amazed me. Enjoyed learning about cowboy life. Read full review

Contents

My Sisters Boots
25
Wapiti School
68
The Circusmaster
91
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Mark Spragg is the award-winning author of the memoir Where Rivers Change Direction, winner of the 2000 Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, and the novels The Fruit of the Stone, An Unfinished Life, and Bone Fire. His books have been translated into fifteen languages.

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