I thoroughly enjoyed this western. Hewey went home only to heal the emotional wounds he'd left there years before and found his brother in dire straits.
My bar-none favorite of the twenty or so Elmer Kelton books I have read and enjoyed so far.
My goal is to read everything Elmer Kelton has written. As fas as I'm concerned, he is the premier Western author, head and shoulders above Louis L'Amour. His books are more believable, and far less preachy. Most of them take place in Texas which adds to my enjoyment.
I'm "Cheesehead" (Wisconsin native)by birth, but Texan by choice, having lived here since 1973.
Kelton died about two years ago, but his estate is still publishing new work of his occasionally. When he started, he wrote using two psuedonyms, one of which was Tom Early. He wrote an execellent four book saga called "Sons of Texas" under the that name. Kelton was a journalist at that time and thought writing fiction under his real name might harm his credibility.
Hewey Calloway has a problem.In his west Texas home of 1906,the land and the way of life that he loves are changing too quickly for his taste Hewey dreams of freedom-he wants only to be a footloose horseback cowboy,endlessly wandering the open range but the open range of his childhood is slowely disappearing ,land is being parceled out,barbed-wire fences are springing up all over.As if it wasn't enough,cars and other machines are invading Hewey's simple cowboy life.