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Heart of the Beast

In an attempt to save her family farm, Iris Steele explores generations of family history and lore, piecing together the story of her family's past, and the events that fostered fear and distrust between early homesteaders and Native Americans, and is still felt by their descendants today.
Heart of the Beast
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Twenty-eight-year-old Iris Steele has just inherited her family's ranch in northeast Oregon. It is the ranch where she grew up herding cattle and harvesting wheat, and where her brother and father both died. It is also, it turns out, land that the Nez Perce Indians now claim is rightfully theirs. As Iris begins to piece together the property's legitimate ownership, she unearths not only her family's turbulent history but also two centuries of tortured relationships between homesteaders and Native Americans. Struggling with a new crop and a fragile romance, she must ultimately confront the true nature of her legacy.

In astonishing language, Joyce Weatherford combines unflinching descriptions of ranch life with the sensuous beauty of the Oregon landscape. part romance, mystery, courtroom drama, and history, "Heart of the Beast" is a family saga of epic power and import.
Joyce Weatherford's family landed in Oregon via the Oregon Trail in 1851, and Joyce grew up as a fifth-generation farmer working on her family's wheat and cattle ranch. She now lives in California with her husband and son.
Sybil Downing The Denver Post A family's driving obsession with the land that has bound it together for generations is explored with stunning insight and literary skill...Heart of the Beast is an all-around winner. Elizabeth Strout author of Amy and Isabelle This is a story that is large and brave, told in a voice that dares to linger on the details of both the beauty of the landscape and the dangers of a family's inner terrain. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Astonishingly accomplished...relentlessly suspenseful...played out against a pitiless, magnificently dangerous northwestern landscape.
Author
Joyce Weatherford
Short Title
HEART OF THE BEAST
Pages
384
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Language
English
ISBN-10
0743211804
ISBN-13
9780743211802
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
FIC
Year
2002
Publication Date
2002-09-30
Imprint
Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication
United States
Place of Publication
New York, NY
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Residence
Laguna Beach, CA
Subtitle
A Novel
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