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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User Review  - Jared - Goodreads

Spragg writes excellent stories written from the youthful perspective of a teenage boy. His honest portrayal and memory is extraordinary. In a time when so many outdoor writers mask the locations of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alden - Goodreads

This book is a memoir of growing up like you're supposed to, I suppose -- like few of us do, in close contact with nature, and life, and death. Spragg describes scenes from his childhood, as the son ... Read full review


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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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