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Nevada sheep rancher Sabine Eckleberry's life is in shambles. His wife has decamped to Arizona to run a dog-grooming business; his youngest daughter needs a husband; his irrepressible son VJ wants to turn the ranch into an ostrich-breeding operation; and the wild burros he has adopted to guard his sheep can't get along with their charges. Now his family and friends are about to descend on the ranch to celebrate Sabine's seventy-second birthday. The ranch is soon a chaos of budding and blighted romances, mistaken identities, rampaging poodles, runaway sheep, schemes of seduction and sudden wealth, and a newly hatched ostrich chick in search of love. Novelist Michael A. Thomas has created a cast of memorable human characters, a supporting cast of realistic animal personalities, and a colorful setting in Nevada's vast rangeland, and his keen ear for dialogue and perfect timing support a plot as convoluted and ultimately satisfying as a Shakespearean comedy.Maybe hea#39;s going to eat up hours and shit out minutes. Maybe hea#39;s been to ... VJ did not seem to hear. He gaped after the bird, ... Soon the ostrich was out of sight, down the fence, following whatever inner urges prompted action. VJ, Ev, and the ... aquot;I wonder how many times a day the creatures lay those bricks?aquot; VJ knew.

Author:Michael A. Thomas
Publisher:University of Nevada Press - 2000


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