A beautifully written story that follows four brothers' lives, set in the prairie of eastern Montana in the first half of the 20th century. A very realistic tale that encompasses every aspect of human interaction, including mystery.
A really good book in the style of Willa Cather - about ranch life on the Montana prairie. I thought it was going to be slow, but it really had a lot of "human condition drama" and held my interest nicely.
Surprisingly good book about the life of a ranch post-WWI, through the depression and through WWII. Rowland develops his characters well and gives a sense of the isolation of life on the prairie during this time, when the West wasn't quite as settled as we might think it was. A no-frills picture of the simplicity and hardship that the ranchers chose when they chose to make their lives about the land.
Set in the vast and unforgiving prairie of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946, In Open Spaces is the compelling story of the Arbuckle brothers. With breathtaking descriptions of the Montana landscape, Russell Rowland masterfully weaves a fascinating tale of the psychological wars that can rip a family apart, and, ultimately, the redemption that can bring them back together.