Title: "The Willow Field"
Author: William Kittredge
Publisher: KnopfComment on this story
Pages: 339 pages
Although he is an established Western writer, this is Kittredge's first novel, the life story of the rebellious Rossie Benasco. In his late teens, Rossie runs 200 horses to Calgary, then falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a Scottish businessman, becomes a successful farmer, raises a family, even runs for governor of Montana. Kittredge, a teacher of fiction, takes his rightful literary seat next to Wallace Stegner in this memorable, beautifully written epic.