The High Divide

The High Divide

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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"A deeply moving, gripping novel about one man's quest for redemption and his family's determination to learn the truth ... Layered with meaning, this remarkable novel deserves to be read more than once. The High Divide proves Enger's chops as a masterful storyteller." -Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise In 1886, Gretta Pope wakes one morning to discover that her husband is gone. Ulysses Pope has left his family behind on the far edge of Minnesota's western prairie with only the briefest of notes and no explanation for why he left or where he's headed. It doesn't take long for Gretta's young sons, Eli and Danny, to set off after him, following the scant clues they can find, jumping trains to get where they need to go, and ending up in the rugged badlands of Montana. Gretta has no choice but to search for her sons and her husband, leading her to the doorstep of a woman who seems intent on making Ulysses her own. Meanwhile, the boys find that the closer they come to Ulysses' trail, the greater the perils that confront them, until each is faced with a choice about whom he will defend, and who he will become. Enger's breathtaking portrait of the vast plains landscape is matched by the rich expanse of his characters' emotional terrain, as pivotal historical events--the bloody turmoil of expansionism, the near total demise of the bison herds, and the subjugation of the Plains Indians--blend seamlessly with the intimate story of a family's sacrifice and devotion. "Lin Enger sets out from the conventions of the traditional Western and brings the reader into new emotional territory, that of the soul of an exquisitely drawn American family. Told with caring patience and precise language, The High Divide is a novel to get lost in." -James Scott, author of The Kept "The High Divide, a novel about a family in peril, is haunting and tense but leavened by considerable warmth and humanity. Lin Enger writes with durable grace about a man's quest for redemption and the human capacity for forgiveness." -Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon ."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2014
ISBN: 9781616204242
Characteristics: 1 online resource (352 pages)
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Nov 02, 2018

This novel Looks at some common western themes with good writing, good story, moral and spiritual overtones. Hard to find in one novel!

Jan 30, 2018

This is one of the most contrived and tedious works our book group has ever selected. The author, rather than moving the story along, fills the pages with irrelevant descriptions of everything. It's as though the author spent months writing descriptions of the environment, several weeks of writing vignettes, tried a couple of short stories, and then threw it all in together. A waste of time.

RidnLibn Sep 01, 2016

Lyrical writing, complex family relationships and a moral crisis make this story of the American West a modern classic. A father, wife and 2 young boys make their own journeys across the same landscape, meeting many memorable characters along the way. And it turns out that some of those characters were actual people who figured in the very real historical events. One of the best of 2014!

Jul 30, 2016

Richly descriptive, loved the characters, very well done historical fiction.

Apr 18, 2015

Set against the backdrop of the American West, this book is about one man's all-consuming quest for redemption and how it affects his wife and two sons. The writing is lovely - a good read.

Nov 06, 2014

A worthy read.


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