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The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
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In the Doig books that I've read the historical west always seems to get encroached upon by progress. Here it's the nostalgia of the one-room school house and the widower and his boys and the easterners who change their lives. It's also about secrets, mostly the secrets of boys and men - secrets both large and small. It's about how those secrets shape us, what secrets you can tell and which ones you keep. It's about childhood and what you carry with you for the rest of your life. It's about people's pasts, and about how you can't escape your past. But it's not a sad book. It's an honest, warm, humorous telling of a highly intelligent American boyhood in bygone days. Wonderful. Highly recommended.
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