Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Dan O'Brien writes reality into fiction
The Native Americans who grazed their horses in the Pawnee Valley were pushed out by the white cattlemen in the late nineteenth century, who also took their horses. Now, descendants of the cattlemen are feeling pushed out of the same valley by modern outsiders. And everyone is feeling the insidious effects of modern medical practices that discriminate against clients without money. Things escalate after a journalist discovers a medical scandal that epitomizes the issues in this factionalized community.
Of course, there's romance (between people young and not-so-young) and horses and the excitement of unpredictable weather.
The prose is strong, the story moves forward without racing, breathless, toward a giant climax (although the ending will surprise and leave you with much to ponder), and, as John Nichols (author of The Milagro Beanfield War) said, "Dan O'Brien is a beautiful and sensitive writer."
Hear Dan O'Brien on The Write Question, Thursday evening at 6:30 (YPRadio.org) or 7:30 (MTPR.org).
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