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Stolen Horses

3.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
McDermot, Nebraska, is a pleasant, scenic western cattle town situated in the Pawnee River valley—just the place for people seeking refuge from their hectic city lives. It is also just the place for those who have made their homes on this haunting prairie since the late nineteenth century. Ideal for both, McDermot means everything to those native inhabitants and something ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Bison Books
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Apr 30, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
Maybe I expected too much of this novel. It is a slice-of-life story of a rural community in the western panhandle of Nebraska. It is going through the final transition from LBJ to Bush America. Meanwhile there are flashbacks at times to the arrival of whites on the prairies and the forcible displacement of the plains Indians who were there before them. The material is all there for an absorbing story. It just never quite delivers on its promise.

For me, the characters tended to be flat. They nev
Chris Blocker
May 26, 2011 Chris Blocker rated it really liked it
I always enjoy reading a book I know nothing about. The slate is clean. I have no expectations--good or bad. It's a nice feeling to make up my mind about a book with little outside influence. Honestly, I don't do it enough.

Stolen Horses was one of these reads. I'd never heard of it or its author until my MFA mentor recommended it to me. By the time I had a copy in hand, there were no forces pulling me one way or another aside from the singular recommendation.

In spirit of this refreshing perspect
Sep 14, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
Just finished the book that came with our Christmas meat package from South Dakota friends. The book was great. I could hear Ed's voice as the narrator described the prairie. The characters were such true to life people - I caught myself cheering at the end. The only flaw was the overly dramatic romance parts - maybe also true to life, but a little overdone for my taste. It's definitely a picture of life in small US rural towns that have the beauty to lure "outlanders" with options. It one of th ...more
Jun 17, 2012 Kkraemer rated it liked it
This is written in an episodic style that traces three different, related stories that unfold as a small town on the plains undergoes change. It's a bit like life: not much happens, but there are points of beauty and insight and good people whose interests come into conflict just because they are in the same space.

The writer shows that change has always been on the Plains: the characters routinely think back on ancestors and visit ruins of former homes and plains...and there was one very funny
Eric Fredricksen
Jun 26, 2015 Eric Fredricksen rated it it was ok
DNF. Didn't care about the story 75pp in so I left it behind on a plane
Aug 14, 2011 Marvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: midwest
This novel set in western Nebraska is one of those community dramas, with some interesting characters and a deep affection for the landscape and lifestyle of a ranching community undergoing change as newcomers move in to take advantage of the beauty of the landscape. The author doesn't make as much of that theme as he could, and when he does it's often more sentimental than insightful. It's also a sign that there may be too many characters to introduce when the character who's the focus of the f ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Jeanne rated it liked it
Set on the prairies of Nebraska, this is a story of generations living in a small town that is now growing and experiencing some growing pains. Lots of character development and an unresolved ending.
Ed Gray
Jan 16, 2011 Ed Gray rated it liked it
Dan set the bar very high with IN THE CENTER OF THE NATION. He's got good elevation on this attempt, but not that high. Still, it's very good.
Oct 09, 2011 Britt rated it liked it
sad but great
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Dan O'Brien was born Daniel Hosler O'Brien in Findlay Ohio on November 23, 1947. He attended Findlay High School and graduated in 1966. He went to Michigan Technological University to play football and graduated with a BS degree in Math and Business from Findlay College in 1970 where he was the chairman of the first campus Earth Day. He earned an MA in English Literature from the University of Sou ...more
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