Russell Rowland Book Signing - 7 p.m., Wednesday, 9/18
Posted by Joe Whalen (+183) 18 years ago
Russell Rowland, author of "In Open Spaces", will be signing books and reading from his novel at Miles City Books & News on Wednesday evening, 7 p.m.

Set in the vast and unforgiving prairie of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946, In Open Spaces is the compelling story of the Arbuckle brothers:

A rising baseball star who mysteriously drowns in the river

A World War I veteran who abandons his family only to return to reclaim the family ranch

The youngest brother, whose marriage to Helen creates a fault line between him and the rest of his family

A shrewd, observant man burdened with growing suspicions of Jack's role in his brother's death

With breathtaking descriptions of the Montana landscape, Russell Rowland masterfully weaves a fascinating tale of the psychological wars that can rip a family apart...and, ultimately, the redemption that can bring them back together.

"A heartfelt debut...[An] unpretentious, involving story told with unfaltering authority."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Compelling. Cinematic. A fine first novel about the strength of family."
--San Francisco Weekly

"Rowland's outstanding debut...follows a Montana ranching clan as it struggles to survive the depression, two world wars and a family tragedy."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[An] outstanding debut...Rowland's examination of family dynamics is poignant and revealing...."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Charged with dramatic tension -- a joy to read."
--Ha Jin, author of Waiting, winner of the National Book Award

"In Open sage, humane, and immensely readable."
--C. Michael Curtis, senior editor, Atlantic Monthly

"Like Norman McLean's A River Runs Through It,...Rowland...brings [Montana's] unique beauty alive....Good reading."
--Denver Post

"Russell Rowland's In Open Spaces is as good as it gets...a powerful book."
--C.J. Box, author of Open Season and Savage Run