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War Creek: A Novel Paperback – July 7, 2014
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If you’re ready to be captivated by the Cascades, by learning about a mountain range that has captured countless hearts, and by a story of a family that embraces such a place – for life – War Creek is the read for you. Highly recommended.(Dr. Jessie Voigts - wanderingeducators.com)
About the Author
Susan Marsh worked for the U.S. Forest Service for over 20 years and is now a writer and photographer in Wyoming. War Creek is her first novel.
Top Customer Reviews
"She resolved to simply have it over with: help him pack his belongings and vacate the ranger station where he had resided for over forty years. Then get out as soon as possible. It wouldn't take a week."
Of course, it takes considerably more time than a week to get the old ranger moving.
Marsh's prose is so beautifully descriptive that the smell of the majestic Ponderosa pines rising above the rocky ravines briefly takes me back to the mountain trail rides of my youth. The Cascade Mountains themselves are protagonists. Agnes is the only daughter with five much older brothers. According to family legend, her eldest brother loses his life in the Vietnam War. Her cantankerous father, Clayt; the bear guy, Hunter; and the dog, Tuck, as well as a small group of secondary characters, round out a memorable cast. All of Marsh's characters are well-developed and individually unique. Agnes' father is an angry and bitter alcoholic. His verbal abuse requires a thick skin. But as days turn into weeks, she begins to see a different side of him. And his rhetoric slowly softens.Read more ›
This is a book to settle into, become acquainted with a land, a community, a family, and most especially with Agnes. Her struggles, insights, and loves will resemble your own, yet be uniquely told with fresh understanding.
By the final page of Marsh’s debut novel we are enchanted by the story, enriched by the characters, and telling everyone we know to read WAR CREEK.
Her heroine-protagonist is a youngish woman, a teacher, and she has just the summer to pack out her ornery ranger father. He has a reputation for drink, a temper, and a bad ticker. Yet her compassion for his fate is tangibly depicted. .How many of us will be in similar positions,eventually moving reluctant parents to more suitable spots for elder capacities? It's a moment when the texture of time and temperaments appear. The novelist has captured these hearts twisting in the wind, among other hearts one finds in War Creek.
. Ms. Marsh is an Annie Dillard as an observant writer of the natural world but writes like an Ivan Doig with the thrum of the West and its Forest Service personalities. Ms. Marsh is also prescient. No sooner did this book come out and daily headlines began. Just as her protagonist's love interest plans to do, the North Cascades are preparing to find a way for grizzly bears to make a suitable and safe stand in the crags of the Pacific Northwest.Controversy guaranteed and she has it all tucked into this tight novel.
This is a fabulous first effort. There is plenty of adrenaline as a page-turner for the first round, but with rich enough blood to sustain numerous ambles and insights again.
.Americans should be pleased to know that you can have both literary fiction and contemporary adventure, without sneering at your readership as too many postmodernist authors do. This will please, guaranteed, for the events and encounters amid snowfields, horses, and wildflowers fo indeed, offer a great ride.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book in two days. I tried to make it last longer, with its exquisite description of place, but the story of dysfunctional family consequences and redemption kept the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joyce Boatright
I really liked this book because it showed that no matter how miserable some things were in your family growing up, you still want the family ties that you came from. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Patricia Erickson
I first read this book in one huge gulp because I was so drawn to Agnes and her predicament. I read it again more slowly, to savor the fine language and vivid descriptions of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Karen M. Jerger
This is a good summer read that will keep you guessing about Agnes' family background as you follow her through the Cascade mountains near Twisp, Washington. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Harriet P.
A fascinating tale by a lady who really knows the territory. Both spiritual and terrestrial. Don't miss out on this one.Published on July 25, 2014 by Donald J. Plumley