Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Whistling Season

What a good story! Oliver Milliron is a widowed father of three young sons who lived in Marias Coulee, Montana at the turn of the century when the "big ditch" was being built to aid dryland farming. He hires a housekeeper from an ad in the newspaper that says she "Can't cook but doesn't bite." She brings her scholarly "brother" with her and the story unfolds about rural schools, communities, relationships, Haley's Comet, boxing and more. Reading this book is like stepping back in time and experiencing the joy and sadness of lifeduring that time period, the verve of pioneers who settled and improved the West, and observing up close the stubborn independence and character it took to make it what is is today.