Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat

Book - 1992
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Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1992, c1971
Branch Call Number: FICTION WAL PBK
Characteristics: xiii, 306 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780803297418


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A classic retelling of the coming of age story of a young woman in the American wheat belt (central Montana) in the 1940's. It is a story about growing up and becoming a woman--mentally, emotionally, spiritually--within the space of a year and a half. The Montana countryside is as much a characte... Read More »

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Jan 23, 2021

Excellent coming of age story about a young woman living on a ranch in Montana, circa 1940-42. Ellen’s parents met in Russia in the First World War. She goes to Minnesota for one year of college, falls in love, brings the city-bred Gil to her ranch where he blanches at the hard work and unfeminine strength of his girlfriend. He leaves her. She is bereft and takes a teaching job instead of returning to university. When a tragic death occurs during a brutal blizzard, she returns to the ranch to uncover the secrets of her parents’ enduring love for one another, their misbegotten daughter, and the winter wheat they grow.

Jul 13, 2019

Suggested by Sally Pagh, Joanne’s friend. Looks good

M_Henderson May 02, 2011

Well, I think I have found a new favorite author, and how wonderful that I have several more to read! Such a treat. WINTER WHEAT is a slow-paced, beautifully written study of character and place. We get to know Ellen Webb, a young and intelligent woman who loves her Montana wheat fields as much as she yearns to move away from them. Each character -- even peripheral folks we never actually "meet" in person, such as Aunt Eunice -- is a fully fleshed out individual. These folks lead quiet lives, not just of desperation (although there is some of that) but with lots of hidden emotion. I think I have found the American version of Anita Brookner (or perhaps Brookner is the British Mildred Walker).

jolynure Apr 03, 2011

This is a great book! I am amazed at the 2 star rating by some...such a wonderful story of growing up and understanding real love and real life. Beautifully written as well. G-rated and meaningful.


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