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"This spare and affecting novel has the precision and the stinging sweetness of a fable. I was touched equally by its people, its creatures and the ineradicable mystery of its land. Melinda Popham has written a wonderful book.
-- Thomas McGuane
206 pages
Published by Graywolf Press (first published 1990)
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Julia Brumfield
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...more
Jim B
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.
Pecha Johnson
Oct 10, 2014 Pecha Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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!
One of the all-time great books. Wonderful perspective all humans should try to see. One book I will never be without.
Oct 07, 2012 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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