From one of the Northwest's most beloved novelists comes Burning Fence
, available August 2005 from St. Martin's Press. Critically acclaimed author, Craig Lesley, has written his finest work to date, only this time he has reached into the realm of autobiography and succeeded wonderfully. Burning Fence
deftly captures the rural humor, rugged characters, and hardscrabble life of Eastern Oregon with its searing reflection on fatherhood and remarkable insight into the landscape of the Western heart.
In Burning Fence
, Lesley turns his keen eye toward two difficult fathers, his alcohol-damaged Indian foster child, and the panorama of 20th century Western America. Seldom has literature painted such vivid pictures of rural northwest communities and their people. With place names like Madras, Baker City, Pendleton and Portland, this book stretches from the high desert of Oregon to Washington and Idaho. It is peopled with real-life characters that extend beyond fiction, from Craig's shell-shocked father, who abandoned his family to become a reclusive coyote trapper and poacher, and the stepfather, Vern, a tough, controlling railroader, to Craig's colorful half-brother, a would-be hit man, now "born again."
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