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The Years of the Locust (The Gregg Press western fiction series)

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Unknown Binding, 234 pages
Published January 1st 1947 by Gregg Press
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Aug 05, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
Though this book starts a little slow, it was well worth the read. The book begins with the death of Dade Kenzie a wise patriarch of a Missouri farming family. The story is told through the eyes of seven individuals that were influenced by Kenzie with flashbacks into the past. Each individual has an entry on each day between the death and the funeral and the story of their lives is intertwined in the telling.

My family all read this book for a recent family reunion and I thoroughly enjoyed our di
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This is a character-driven rather than a plot-driven book. It's one of those books that you can't put down; also one of those books that every time you read it, you glean more from how the people's lives are intertwined. Edman was a master at characterization. Highly recommended.
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ERDMAN, LOULA GRACE (1898–1976). Loula Grace Erdman, writer, daughter of August F. and Mollie (Maddox) Erdman, was born on June 8, 1898, near Alma, Lafayette County, Missouri. She attended Central Missouri State College (B.S., 1931) and Columbia University (M.A., 1941). She also studied at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Southern California, and West Texas State College. She ...more
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