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3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
An aging husband and wife observe a band of coyotes who, faced with a diminishing water supply, set out across the Southwestern desert in search of the mythical source of all water. (Nancy Pearl)
Paperback, 206 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by (first published 1990)
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Jul 08, 2012 Joyce rated it it was amazing
I rarely read novels. This was a beautiful novel, given to me by my Grandmother Evelyn, after she read it. She was close to 90 at the time!
Hollie Ruthless
Jan 21, 2015 Hollie Ruthless rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this book up from a free shelf, never intending to read it myself, but rather obtaining it for my husband who has taken a recent interest in the desert. After reading it, he insisted I read it as well. In all honestly, I didn't have high expectations of it, so I was surprised when I ended up enjoying it immensely! Writing a book from the perspective of animals is a tricky task, but I've never seen it done so well. The author has a great understanding of coyotes and it really shows throu ...more
Derrick Ruthless
While I find it hard to accept that anything in life is truly "destined to be", finding a copy of Skywater on the free book shelf of a local library was quite the perfect happenstance. Having lapsed in recent years on reading (and other subsequent creative endeavors) in favor of buckling down to work and take care of my children, I had recently relocated to Southern California and, inspired by the inviting weather, started to venture outside. I became a regular at local parks and enthralled by m ...more
Elle Thornton
Apr 26, 2016 Elle Thornton rated it it was amazing
Finding Love in the Desert Places
Skywater unfolds a spellbinding journey with a small band of coyotes, whose distinct natures and ultimate fates are as deeply moving as characters in a Shakespearean play. After their well is poisoned in the Sonoran desert, the coyotes follow their leader to find what is believed to be the promised ancestral place of endless life-giving water. The coyotes face many dangers in the merciless worlds they navigate on their quest to reach Skywater: sharpshooter rifle
Aug 20, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jessica by: Sharon Kessler
I had reservations about a novel told from the perspective of coyotes, but I trusted my co-worker's recommendation on the strength of our mutual appreciation for Wallace Stegner. For a fable, this was done well. But I guess I don't like fables. The author anthropomorphizes the animals to an absurd degree. The coyote's actions seemed realistic (most of the time) and could have stood alone without the narrative of their human-like thoughts. I know I shouldn't have been expecting realism, but I cou ...more
Jim B.
Dec 11, 2013 Jim B. rated it it was amazing
I live in Tucson, Arizona. This story starts in my neighborhood and ends in a good place. If you love animals, especially dogs and similar critters, this book will tear your heart out. I cried several times while I read it and had to put it aside for a while when I was in the middle of it. If it gets to be too much for you, go to the last couple of chapters and see how it ends. Then you can read the second half.
Mar 01, 2008 Linda rated it it was amazing
One of the all-time great books. Wonderful perspective all humans should try to see. One book I will never be without.
Nov 17, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sad and heartwarming little story about those tricky little coyotes. In the end people should be shot for some of the terrible things they do to animals.
Shelley Alongi
Jun 13, 2017 Shelley Alongi rated it really liked it
I don't think I've ever read a book told from an animals's point of view. Great visual images of the life of a coyote searching for water and the human interactions of the aging couple sympathetic to the coyote plight. I think "
Brand X could have a different name but that's purely subjective.
Apr 11, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book, animal-fiction
This has been one of my all-time favorites since I came upon it at a library in Ottawa (KS) and took the time to read it. The book follows along in the fashion of "Black Beauty" and Felix Salten's "Bambi" but unlike those two books it has a refreshing depth all of its own.

The story is a glorious masterpiece that weaves together two separate stories - the viewpoint of a spirit-thirsting coyote and his companions plus the story of a grieving couple who upon packing up for the Pacific ended up in
Pecha Johnson
Oct 10, 2014 Pecha Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pecha Johnson by: Daddy
It was a really amazing book. It showed the story from a coyote's view especially, and showed how it's mostly humans who make the mistakes; not coyotes. The characters, all of them, are just so amazing. It's just a really great book. I love it so much. I think the main reason I love it so much is because I love animals. I've created an attachment with coyotes. It's a really really really good book. I would've never have doubted that anyone else would not like it if they love animals. But if they ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Bloomswest rated it did not like it
Giving this book 1 star because I can't give it less on this site. So poorly written it's laughable. The author writes using her Stanford degree and handy dictionary writing companion but the story is predictable and flat out boring. I power read it in one day and glad to be done with it. The premise of evil humans (except for a couple) vs. innocent coyotes and their interactions. I love nature and enjoy seeing animals in nature but this story is just so full of itself, it's painful. Seriously h ...more
Becky Loader
Mar 28, 2015 Becky Loader rated it really liked it
I will never feel the same about coyotes after meeting Brand X and his compatriots.

An old couple who live in the desert purposely foul their well when they find out that a defunct copper mine is poisoning their groundwater. This forces the local wildlife to find a new water supply and saves them from a nasty death. The story, told from the coyote perspective, documents their search for "Skywater." The Native Americans call the coyote, "God's Dog," and I think it fits.
Wendy L
Sep 29, 2014 Wendy L rated it really liked it
I loved it! The old couple parallels the coyotes' life, loneliness, death, life's struggles and I liked the Fiction with truth of how eradication took place against the coyotes. A tender heartwarming story.
Jul 31, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really unusual and wonderful to read a story told mostly from a wild animal's POV.
Jennifer Ley
Mar 07, 2016 Jennifer Ley rated it it was amazing
Truly remarkable use of language and metaphor. The world from a coyote's point of view. Chilling, and sad.
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