Pulitzer Prize–winning sequel to A Son of the Middle Border continues the autobiographical theme of that book and deals with Garland's marriage and later career. A sensitive study of individuals, their relationships, and the colorful drama that made up their daily lives. Among the most perceptive regional works in American literature, this volume about the trials and challenges of pioneer life in mid-America will be of interest to history students and anyone fascinated by the 19th-century cultural scene.
The Indian Wars are over. The rivers that ran with blood are clear. The plains that rang with war cries and gunshots are silent. But now a new war is about to start. Deadlier, bloodier, and even more cruel.... Captain George Curtis of the U.S. Cavalry has been sent to take over the Indian Agency at Pine Ridge. His job is to make and maintain a fragile peace between cattlemen and the Indians. What Curtis doesn't know is that he has secret enemies in Washington who want him to fail.
Contains eleven stories including, Under the Lion's Paw which shows an honest, hard-working farmer victimized by a greedy landlord; Up the Coolly concerns a successful son who returns from the East to find his mother and brother trapped on a poor farm, defeated in spite of their best efforts. Mrs. Ripley's Trip is a tender story of an elderly couple settled in their frugal country ways, with the wife determined to realize her dream of revisiting childhood scenes.