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
0803297416

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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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BookLover4fun
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.

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mcdoff
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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