At the foot of the Continental Divide, rancher Frank Redmond struggles to maintain his land amidst the bleakness of Depression-era Montana. Married but childless, Frank's wondering if the long-term future of the ranch is worth the effort. For that matter, he's considering much the same about his wife Abby.When a stray dog wanders onto the ranch, Frank's first impulse is toAt the foot of the Continental Divide, rancher Frank Redmond struggles to maintain his land amidst the bleakness of Depression-era Montana. Married but childless, Frank's wondering if the long-term future of the ranch is worth the effort. For that matter, he's considering much the same about his wife Abby.When a stray dog wanders onto the ranch, Frank's first impulse is to shoot it as vermin. Abby and Clay, Frank's father, insist on adopting the mutt, naming him Stranger.For Frank, it's both the last straw and a convenient excuse. He parlays his skill as a stone carver into a job at Deer Lodge state prison, fifty miles from home. There he labors over a headstone for the warden's terminally ill wife.When he finally returns home, he finds Stranger more a member of the family than himself. Frank needs to regain his family's trust and prove himself. To do so, he'll need to emulate the dog he once considered killing.A pensively introspective but hard-hitting read, Stranger's Dance delves into the challenges and desperation of Montana ranch life in the 1930s and how animals can prove the catalyst for human healing....
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Stranger's Dance Reviews
This is a sweet, feel-good read - great for curling up on the couch on a rainy day. The character of Stranger, the dog, is so well-developed I found myself, once again, wishing for a dog of my own! The setting of the book (Montana in the 1930's) is well-crafted, and I enjoyed the descriptions of Frank's work as a stone carving artist. These descriptions were the most vivid - I felt like I could visualize what what happening with pencil and paper, wood and stone. I appreciated the various characters' musings on the nature of God and the role of God in the world. I would have loved to hear more and gone deeper with those thoughts, as well as with Frank's shift in attitude and perspective over the course of the novel. Some of those changes felt a bit rushed and, while I appreciate a novel that is not overly-wordy, I wanted to know more. Overall, though, the book kept my attention all the way to a satisfying end.
This is a great book that pulls you in to the lives of the characters while giving you a taste of what small ranch life was like in the mid 1930s in rural Montana. The tidbits of historical reference sprinkled through out gives the reader perspective of when the events are taking place. Definitely worth reading.
EnjoyableGood plot and characters. Liked how the author used each characters point of view. What kept it from a higher rating is the penchant for moving the story ahead weeks and months at a time, rather than staying consistently in the moment.