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Strange Angels

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Strange Angels tells the story of three siblings thrown together by the death of their father, Heywood Bennett. Forced to manage his sprawling prairie empire together, the Bennett children must find a way to get along despite their longstanding rivalries.

"Connect to and enlarge upon the myth of the Wild West . . . and vividly portray cowboy life in all of its degradation,
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 31st 2000 by Penguin Books (first published 1993)
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Carmen Gordon
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonis Agee is an undiscovered Jodi all her books!
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I'm amazed it has taken me this long to discover this fine novelist who writes so vividly and lovingly about the Nebraska Sandhills country and the characters who live there.
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Although I'm from Omaha, believe it or not, that city on the eastern edge of the state has more in common with, say, Chicago, than it does the wild and vast ranches of the panhandle. I've only visited the Sandhills once, but I'd like to think that Jonis Agee really captures the landscape and the people of that region in this novel. She makes Nebraska, my home state, seem lusty and wild, full of smart, complicated, sensual characters. A real corrective to the Grant Wood "American Gothic" image of ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Set in modern day, farm country, near Wyoming. Cody is the main character. His half-brother, Arthur, and half-sister, Kya, all had different mothers. Their father just died and left the farm in all three names, in order for them to get along.

Cody works hard, drinks a lot, and is quiet and moody. Arthur is a businessman, almost snobbish. They hate each other. Kya is wild, has sex with many men, most married. She is almost a mediator between them. Cody falls in love with an older woman, Latta. Of
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Love the cowboys & Indians! Great animal and bird imagery. Compelling story of a family finding themselves after losing their father. The characters and situations are well drawn out. Reading this was very informative and entertaining
Aug 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
This used to be my all-time favorite book. I was even fortunate enough to take a writing class in college with the author. Fantastic!
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Jonis owns twenty pairs of cowboy boots, some of them works of art, loves the open road, and believes that ecstasy and hard work are the basic ingredients of life and writing.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she grew up in Nebraska and Missouri, places where many of her stories and novels are set. She was educated at The University of Iowa (BA) and The State University of New York at Binghamton (MA, PhD).
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