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Published in 1976, this book is set in 1852 about the adventures and misadventures of a hogherder named Zeke on his way to California. The voice of Zeke is spot on, and truly charming. He says to his Ma: "'I - I love them hogs.'" and then "I don't think I'd ever said I'd loved nothing out loud before except maybe something to eat, and it felt strange as a dream. It scairt me a little and I didn't know how I could love hogs neither. They have set ideas, what there is of them, just like me and Pa, ...more