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*Starred Review* With all the wit and insight of Sherman Alexie or Jonathan Safran Foer, Etchart deepens the coming-of-age genre with this novel about 20-year-old Mathieu Etchiberri, a young man who feels as if he’s been raised by aliens. Turns out he has. Mathieu lives on an Arizona mountainside sheep ranch with his father, grandfather, and great-uncle, all Basque immigrants. Immigrants with such deep roots in their home country that Mathieu, a thoroughly acculturated American via school and neighbors, just doesn’t get them. Worse, he resents them, especially his father, who insists that Mathieu stay on the ranch instead of leaving home to attend the state university. A sudden twist of fate seems to erase any chance of the future he desires. His father is killed in a car accident, and his son becomes responsible for the ranch. Then another surprising turn of events forces Mathieu to travel to his ancestral home, deep in French Basque country, to save the ranch and save himself from his own immaturity. This is a fine, charming, terrific story about a fascinating culture, and the value of family and knowing where they—and thus you—come from. --Donna Chavez
I I enjoyed it very much. I had read the Oak Tree also. I am a basque.Published 5 months ago by Pauline La Casse
I loved this story and how it was told! Once I started, I didn't want to stop. The story continually wove the past and present together as Mathieu's story unfolded, and I... Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Judy Hale
Martin Etchart has done another superb job in capturing the experience of growing up in a Basque family in America. His characters are superb and very realistic. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Basco
This was for me and will be for you, a VERY difficult book to read, unless of course you are of Basque heritage, as is one of the reviewers above. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Brad Johnston