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University of Nevada Press, 2000 - Fiction - 278 pages
Nevada sheep rancher Sabine Eckleberry's life is in shambles. His wife has decamped to Arizona to run a dog-grooming business; his youngest daughter needs a husband; his irrepressible son VJ wants to turn the ranch into an ostrich-breeding operation; and the wild burros he has adopted to guard his sheep can't get along with their charges. Now his family and friends are about to descend on the ranch to celebrate Sabine's seventy-second birthday.
The ranch is soon a chaos of budding and blighted romances, mistaken identities, rampaging poodles, runaway sheep, schemes of seduction and sudden wealth, and a newly hatched ostrich chick in search of love. Novelist Michael A. Thomas has created a cast of memorable human characters, a supporting cast of realistic animal personalities, and a colorful setting in Nevada's vast rangeland, and his keen ear for dialogue and perfect timing support a plot as convoluted and ultimately satisfying as a Shakespearean comedy.

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Michael Thomas was born in Raton, NM in 1946. His early novels (CROSSWINDS and the award-winning OSTRICH) established a comic direction he continues in his later novels, HAT DANCE and BUTTERFLY KISSES. An Anthropologist with research interests in Mesoamerica, Dr. Thomas for years directed the University of New Mexico=s CONEXIONES study abroad programs in Mexico. As a writer of fiction, Thomas was named in Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers program and has short fiction nominations for the Pushcart Prize. He enjoys hiking and wilderness pack trips with his family, friends, and, whenever possible, burros.

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