In Open Spaces (Paperback)

By Russell Rowland

Harper Perennial, 9780060084349, 384pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2002

List Price: 14.99*
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Description

Set in the vast and unforgiving prairie of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946, In Open Spaces is the compelling story of the Arbuckle brothers:

George
A rising baseball star who mysteriously drowns in the river

Jack
A World War I veteran who abandons his family only to return to reclaim the family ranch

Bob
The youngest brother, whose marriage to Helen creates a fault line between him and the rest of his family

Blake

A shrewd, observant man burdened with growing suspicions of Jack's role in his brother's death

With breathtaking descriptions of the Montana landscape, Russell Rowland masterfully weaves a fascinating tale of the psychological wars that can rip a family apart...and, ultimately, the redemption that can bring them back together.



About the Author

Born in Bozeman, Russell Rowland is a fourth-generation Montanan. He served in the Navy, and has worked as a teacher, ranch hand, surveyor, lounge singer, and fortune-cookie writer. He lives in San Francisco.



Praise For In Open Spaces

“Charged with dramatic tension -- a joy to read.”
— Ha Jin, author of Waiting, winner of the National Book Award

“[An] outstanding debut...Rowland’s examination of family dynamics is poignant and revealing....”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A heartfelt debut...[An] unpretentious, involving story told with unfaltering authority.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“In Open Spaces...is sage, humane, and immensely readable.”
— C. Michael Curtis, senior editor, Atlantic Monthly

“Like Norman McLean’s A River Runs Through It,...Rowland...brings [Montana’s] unique beauty alive....Good reading.”
— Denver Post

“Compelling. Cinematic. A fine first novel about the strength of family.”
— San Francisco Weekly

“Russell Rowland’s In Open Spaces is as good as it gets...a powerful book.”
— C.J. Box, author of Open Season and Savage Run

“A family epic that has a muted elegance.…A gracefully understated novel.”
— New York Times Book Review