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Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories Paperback – October 1, 2006
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His short story collection A GRAVESTONE MADE OF WHEAT was a New York Times "notable book." His books have been adapted for radio, stage and film. SWEET LAND, the feature film adaptation of his story "Gravestone Made of Wheat", starring Ned Beatty, premiered in October of 2006. SWEET LAND is also the title of his collection of short stories, which includes the film-inspiring story.
A recent new direction is a memoir, THE LAST HUNTER: AN AMERICAN FAMILY ALBUM, a closely described look at the arc of his family from tiny, immigrant homestead farm in North Dakota to post-modern America.
Weaver is also known for his young adult fiction. MEMORY BOY, a post-apocalyptic novel based on environmental collapse, is widely used in junior and senior high schools across the United States. THE SURVIVORS, just out from HarperCollins, is the long-awaited sequel, and received a "Starred" review from Kirkus.
Other young adult novels include CLAWS, set in northeastern Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and featuring outdoor survival with a strong family back-story. FULL SERVICE won starred reviews from Kirkus and Horn Books for its focus on a young man struggling with matters of religious faith and doubt. DEFECT is a novel about a teenager born with a miraculous birth abnormality, and his struggle to fit in (or not). His STRIKING OUT, FARM TEAM and HARD BALL baseball series for young adults has a lasting place in school libraries across the country.
As an author, Mr. Weaver is particularly concerned with youth literacy, and young men in particular. His Motornovel Series includes SATURDAY NIGHT DIRT and its sequel, SUPER STOCK ROOKIE (2009), which focus on dirt track stock car racing. The series starts with a small town speedway and a diverse cast characters who come there, for different reasons, every Saturday night. CHECKERED FLAG CHEATER is the third in this popular series. Reviewed on "Good Morning America," the Motornovels were described as "great teen reads, and not just for boys."
An avid outdoorsman and popular public speaker, Will Weaver lives with his wife on the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm going back to the library in an hour to look for Red Earth, White Earth by Weaver and A Gravestone Made of Wheat and Other Stories. The rest of his books appear to be geared towards young adults.
Novels and novellas
Saturday Night Dirt (2008)
Full Service (2005)
Memory Boy (2001)
Hard Ball (1998)
Farm Team (1995)
Striking Out (1993)
Red Earth, White Earth (1986)
Short story collections
Sweet Land (2006)
A Gravestone Made of Wheat and Other Stories (1989)
Barns of Minnesota (with Doug Ohman) (2005) a picture book
I originally thought the movie is about whole book, actually it's not. The movie is based on a chapter of book,"A Gravestone made of Wheat".
But I still love the book when I read it. And the other stories in the book are beautiful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Stories of rural Midwest. Intriguing stories remind one of the past; some of us have experienced these situations.Published 11 months ago by Katy Harle
Heartwarming and sometimes sad stories of everyday people dealing with what life has given to them. Weaver has a wonderful way with words!Published 23 months ago by Morries Mom
If you are from Minnesota or the Midwest and have roots in Germany or Scandinavia then Will Weaver's short stories will hit close to home. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Amazon Customer
lots of short stories. was good but still preferred the sweet land movie to the short story. much more depth.Published on July 17, 2013 by Kendra Knox
This group of short stories are written very well. The adjectives that describe the homey situations are put very appropriately. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Norm Berg
i loved the movie and the book was just as good if not better
c a m e o n t i m e a n d i n p e r f e c t c o n d i t i o n t h a n k s !