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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (April 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743230205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743230209
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,342,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ursula Hegi author of Stones from the River An exceptional novel about the power of memory and desire.

Robert Morgan Gap Creek and This Rock Barbara Wright's novel is vivid, intense, memorable, told with Quaker plainness and depth, a story of courage, passion for the land, fierce loyalties and growth, enduring. It is an authentic addition to the literature, the poetry, of our West.

Art Corriveau author of Housewrights The West brought hauntingly to life. This human-scale love story of an unlikely family's struggle with love, loyalty, and loss seems all the more epic when set against the immense backdrop of Colorado prairie and sky.

About the Author

Barbara Wright, a novelist and screenwriter,
lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Barbara Wright grew up in High Point, North Carolina and went to the University of North Carolina. After college, she spent two years in Seoul, Korea, teaching English to Koreans and editing a hotel magazine about Korean culture. From there she traveled alone through Southeast Asia and Burma, and then rode from Nepal to London in an army truck with roll-up canvas sides, camping out in the desert at a time when Afghanistan and Iran were open to travelers. She has also lived in France, El Salvador, New York, Kansas City, and at present lives in Denver with her husband Frank Gay. Her first novel, EASY MONEY, was published by Algonquin Books. Her Dust Bowl novel PLAIN LANGUAGE (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) is a love story about two strangers who meet and start a ranch during the worst ecological disaster the country has faced. The novel won a Spur Award from the Association of Western Writers. CROW (Random House) is a novel for young readers about the 1898 race riot and coup d'état in Wilmington, NC. It received starred reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, and School Library Journal. In her spare time she plays tennis and jazz piano.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Sanders on June 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
I couldn't wait to pass this book on to everyone I know--it's beautifully written and very moving. This author gives a very convincing story of 2 people who get to know each other thru hardship and hard work. Also very moving is the story between Viginia and her brother and also his relationship with another woman--portrayed very well and lovingly. The Quaker ideals are nicely woven throughout and add to the beauty of this story. Read this and feel peaceful.............
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emilie B. Pardovich on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Set back in the doubtful times of our nations past depression,a story primarily about a woman (Virginia) who meets a man she will never forget but finds him again (unexpectedly) later in life. They - Virgina and Alfred- get to know eachother through a series of love letters until the day Virginia receives a letter with an engagement for marriage enclosed. So Virgina moves to Colorado to marry Alfred on his ranch. They get along well but Virgina has to learn how to live and work on a ranch and Alfred is struggling to keep the ranch going through such expiring economical times.
I liked the story and the characters. A good read for anyone interested in westerns or the 1920's - 1930's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By disheveledprofessor on September 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Barbara Wright's novel of life on the Colorado prairie during the Depression is a beautiful book, well-crafted and sensitive. The title, Plain Language, is a play on words: the heroine, Virginia, is a Quaker and so we have the idea of "plain speaking"; Virginia and her husband

Alfred are simple people, hardworking and not given to flights of fancy, communicating indeed in plain language. Wright's skill is apparent in the fact that Virginia and Alfred meet one disaster after another and yet the reader feels sustained, not drained. Many readers may be startled at how "plain" and filled with drudgery life was in the still-living past -- and yet how spirit-sustaining.

The themes of this book include: the importance of communicating in developing relationships; the love we deprive ourselves of by making judgments; the value of hard work in developing self-esteem. Toward the end of the novel, Alfred reflects to himself "... somewhere along the way you realize the achievement is not the goal itself -- the achievement is the person you've become in trying to reach the goal."

I highly recommend this novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Very good story. Made my wife homesick for her childhood in southeastern Utah. Husband and wife learn to work together as a team through many hardships. Well-written and worthwhile.
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