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  • Paperback
  • 384
  • In Open Spaces
  • Russell Rowland
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 9780060084349

10 thoughts on “In Open Spaces

  1. says:

    Here is the Arbuckle family from 1916 46 Whew I couldn't put it down Each character is carved and the combination becomes dynamic Sad and filled with tragedy and yet such STRENGTH Very rarely do you get life in the country farm ranch etc away from towns and cities this well honed It's a flavor and pattern that is nearly and completely NOT understood in the me me me world of 2019 And that's why I cherish such honesty in fiction in print It's pure So little is any longer There is always some relative or subjective judgment But in this Montana community it's far far real than just feelings and theories As real as a dust decade As real as death in young tragic and accidental ways As easy as core purpose connection to land soil and a determination for fusing nurture from with it So many secrets kept Sometimes necessary so that the whole can function? Sometimes protective to this closeness of ranch purposes Sometimes just easier to conceal for individual power Constance and every present physical work FIRST No days offLoved it I can only imagine how these brothers' feelings and resentments stormed but at the same time MADE them It's something that is nearly lost now Because there is no commonly held North Star of right wrong rules but just a floating kind of personal amorality sliding scale Always centered on a me me me weight and having little or nothing at all to do with parental dictates to life jobs living location itself or ultimate work outcomes Nor is there guilt of any kind for obscuring or rejecting family onus of reuired patterns needed for a son or daughter as in the past That's nearly entirely gone and disdained when it does occur from what I can observe IMHO Certainly it is has been understood as valid for the great majority of homo sapiens' history And still central to many cultures as a life fixture upon which all are reuired to hang their hats Fabulous read Highly recommend this particular and precise look into this Montana experience from an era when the men who stuck were honed and tested And the women as purposed and yet as complex in ambiguities also choices for their fulfillment as the men


  2. says:

    351916 1945If the freezing Montana winters didn't get you the loneliness on the farms might Silence loneliness and harsh conditions are the norm here and those who are able to stay and endure tend to adopt a phlegmatic approach to life And so it is with the Arbuckle family to the extent that not much is said nor much emotion is shown when the eldest son George drowns this is not a spoiler see the book's blurbFarm duties demand sacrifices and honest hard working Blake another Arbuckle son and the narrator of this family saga has to make at least two potentially life changing sacrifices This too is done uietly and stoïcally but underneath the surface resentment simmers as well as suspicions about George Jr's untimely demise In this family where problems are not discussed there are plenty of secretsThen there is the inevitable black sheep of the family Jack who view spoilersimply doesn't fit in who uses the farm's resources for one hare brained scheme after another and who periodically disappears from the scene which results in even work for those left behind hide spoiler


  3. says:

    This is an old fashioned saga about a family on a ranch in the southeast corner of Montana The story is told by one of four brothers starting in 1916 when he is a 14 year old boy and ending in 1946 Told in the first person it maintains a 1940s sensibility For even though it tells the story of the narrator's decades long attraction to his brother's wife there is still a chasteness about their relationship that would be implausible in a story told 50 years later Suppressing his own sexuality the narrator remains inexperienced well into his 30s and there is a glancingly graceful moment in his story as a widow he is courting discovers this on their first night togetherMoving slowly through 30 years of western history the novel captures the hard scrabble life of a family on the plains with accounts of prairie fire the withering drought of the Depression years and finally the beginnings of economic recovery as war rages in Europe and the Pacific Children are born young adults grow old There are marriages illnesses accidents and deaths to be mourned Personalities clash and conflicts linger without resolution One brother drowns another disappears for periods at a time one brother turns down a chance to play professional baseball another marries unwisely And as the years come and go the family remains on the ranch finding strength in the land when they do not find it in each otherRowland often rises well to the material The narrator's trip to Omaha where he secretly meets up with a baseball scout is well told especially as it includes an encounter with the Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige An especially vivid scene involves the efforts of two people the narrator and his sister in law tending to a cow whose womb has prolapsed after giving birth Their struggle to save the cow lasting hours is told in breathtaking detail and grows to an emotional pitch that comes to represent the difficult intensity of their own relationshipI recommend this novel for those interested in the rural West ranch life the Depression and the intricacies of extended families It's a good solid read


  4. says:

    45 Although I have not lived on a farm this gave me a picture of how hard the work is and how devastating the depression drought and dust bowl were for those working the land Interesting characters seen over time


  5. says:

    I just finished reading In Open Spaces It was one of those rare novels that I didn't want to put down Unfortunately life intruded and it seemed to take me forever to read it but I made myself finish it today despite the piles and piles of papers on my desk and next to my deskRussell Rowland's character development of the Arbuckle brothers George Jack Blake and Bob is terrific Blake the first person narrator is so well written that I felt like I knew him during the entire novel and was being told a story by a good natured and reliable friend The descriptions of Montana and ranching are spot on and beautifulI have a copy of the seuel The Watershed Years and hope to get to it soonThank you so much for this masterpiece Russ


  6. says:

    I seldom give books even good books five stars but this book was so wonderful I couldn't resist it Russell Rowland is a wonderful writer His dialogues in the book are so natural it is almost like you are in the room with the characters listening to them talk His character development was complete and the story line was engrossing I loved the book and I am currently reading the seuel The Watershed Years which so far is as good as his first book I recommend In Open Spaces to anyone who enjoys reading about the struggles of a western family during the early part of the 20th century


  7. says:

    A good old fashioned page turner which follows a Montana ranching family from 1916 1946 Solidly written but few moments of shining prose


  8. says:

    Set in Montana we step into the lives of the Arbunckle family from 1916 to 1946 through the depression This is a skilled writer who captures place people emotions and the drama of farm life with its hard work many losses and grief Through the eyes of Blake we experience the visceral life on a farm He stops school at the age of 16 when his brother drowns because he is needed on the farm He learns his brother had planned to try out as a pitcher for a baseball team in a city He finds his brother's drawings of how to hold the ball in the hand and a ticket to travel that had been sent to him by a scout He finds himself practicing and curious so he writes to the scout Eventually there is a reason to travel and he sets up an appointment he is offered a position on the team but once home he stays There is an influx of people traveling west and from the beginning we learn these honyockers weren't prepared for what was snow piled as high as their heads or cold air that froze their tears to their faces The book shows the rugged conditions the hard work the pioneers had to do to survive in the elements and the family relationships where the cultural norm is to hold uiet and not tell your secretsFarm life is hard When they find the cow in the field after giving birth her uterus hanging outside her body they must find the calf then stuggle to push her uterus back inside with many takes to exhaustion; two neighbors a father and son die in their house in the middle of a long cold winter; the drought goes on for ten years The neighbor who died had told Blake that the land beat the hell out of people a recurrent themeNear the end of the book the oldest son of Blake's brother Jack also named George drowns Blake thinks about his grief and how it grows the same way a child does To begin with neither can speak although both are adept at making their presence known—sometimes subtly sometimes dramatically The message may not be clear but the depth of feeling the passion is never in doubt As it grows and ages grief developes a voice of its own a voice that needs an attentive patient ear to express its messages clearly And if itis ignored the voice will eventually demand attention until one day you turn around to find yourself looking it suarely in the face There is no choice in this progression The progression happens whether you permit it or not The choice comes in how you respond One of the best personifcations of grief I have ever readI am excited to read his next book The Watershed Years


  9. says:

    I don't read many novels but this novel was truly wonderful Rowland writes a touching story about family in Eastern Montana His tale is about history hope family violence mystery and so much There is something to be said about a book that touches the reader in some many ways yet keeps them wondering and thinking I am a big fan of Rowland's nonfiction book West of 98 and now I'm a big fan of his novel I plan on reading parts two and three as well another novel and will surely be impressed As a reader who is interested in the American West and Pacific Northwest I feel slightly ashamed for not reading this sooner but happy to have finally read this masterpiece


  10. says:

    I am currently taking part in the Around the USA in 52 Books Challenge and what I am enjoying most about the challenge is that I am reading books that I probably wouldn't have given a second glance One such book is In Open Spaces In Open Spaces is a family saga set in the early 20th century that centers on a ranch in Southeastern Montana and the struggles and conflicts of four brothers who work their family ranch I was really taken with the vivid descriptions of the prairies of Montana and Rowland's details of life on a cattlesheep ranch My only complaint would be that I was left with several uestions regarding key events in the lives of several characters which made me frustrated at times Rowland did write a seuel The Watershed Years so maybe my answers are in that book This was a uick easy read which left me wanting to visit the Open Spaces of Montana


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In Open Spaces

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S his family only to return to reclaim the family ranchBobThe youngest brother whose marriage to Helen creates a fault line between him and the rest of his familyBlakeA shrewd observant man burdened with growing suspicions of Jack's role in h. I just finished reading In Open Spaces It was one of those rare novels that I didn't want to put down Unfortunately life intruded and it seemed to take me forever to read it but I made myself finish it today despite the piles and piles of papers on my desk and next to my deskRussell Rowland's character development of the Arbuckle brothers George Jack Blake and Bob is terrific Blake the first person narrator is so well written that I felt like I knew him during the entire novel and was being told a story by a good natured and reliable friend The descriptions of Montana and ranching are spot on and beautifulI have a copy of the seuel The Watershed Years and hope to get to it soonThank you so much for this masterpiece Russ

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Is brother's deathWith breathtaking descriptions of the Montana landscape Russell Rowland masterfully weaves a fascinating tale of the psychological wars that can rip a family apartand ultimately the redemption that can bring them back togeth. I don't read many novels but this novel was truly wonderful Rowland writes a touching story about family in Eastern Montana His tale is about history hope family violence mystery and so much There is something to be said about a book that touches the reader in some many ways yet keeps them wondering and thinking I am a big fan of Rowland's nonfiction book West of 98 and now I'm a big fan of his novel I plan on reading parts two and three as well another novel and will surely be impressed As a reader who is interested in the American West and Pacific Northwest I feel slightly ashamed for not reading this sooner but happy to have finally read this masterpiece

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Set in the vast and unforgiving prairie of eastern Montana from 1916 to 1946 In Open Spaces is the compelling story of the Arbuckle brothersGeorgeA rising baseball star who mysteriously drowns in the riverJackA World War I veteran who abandon. Here is the Arbuckle family from 1916 46 Whew I couldn't put it down Each character is carved and the combination becomes dynamic Sad and filled with tragedy and yet such STRENGTH Very rarely do you get life in the country farm ranch etc away from towns and cities this well honed It's a flavor and pattern that is nearly and completely NOT understood in the me me me world of 2019 And that's why I cherish such honesty in fiction in print It's pure So little is any longer There is always some relative or subjective judgment But in this Montana community it's far far real than just feelings and theories As real as a dust decade As real as death in young tragic and accidental ways As easy as core purpose connection to land soil and a determination for fusing nurture from with it So many secrets kept Sometimes necessary so that the whole can function Sometimes protective to this closeness of ranch purposes Sometimes just easier to conceal for individual power Constance and every present physical work FIRST No days offLoved it I can only imagine how these brothers' feelings and resentments stormed but at the same time MADE them It's something that is nearly lost now Because there is no commonly held North Star of right wrong rules but just a floating kind of personal amorality sliding scale Always centered on a me me me weight and having little or nothing at all to do with parental dictates to life jobs living location itself or ultimate work outcomes Nor is there guilt of any kind for obscuring or rejecting family onus of reuired patterns needed for a son or daughter as in the past That's nearly entirely gone and disdained when it does occur from what I can observe IMHO Certainly it is has been understood as valid for the great majority of homo sapiens' history And still central to many cultures as a life fixture upon which all are reuired to hang their hats Fabulous read Highly recommend this particular and precise look into this Montana experience from an era when the men who stuck were honed and tested And the women as purposed and yet as complex in ambiguities also choices for their fulfillment as the men


About the Author: Russell Rowland

I'm a Montana native and I returned home in 2007 My first novel In Open Spaces made the San Francisco Chronicle's bestseller list I got my MA in Creative Writing from Boston University in 1991 and have been a MacDowell fellow and a fortune cookie writer The Watershed Years the seuel to number one was published in 2007 and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award In 2012 WEST OF 98