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Eight-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother Ralph are inseparable, in league with each other against the stodgy and stupid routines of school and daily life; against their prim mother and prissy older sisters; against the world of authority and perhaps the world itself. One summer they are sent from the genteel Los Angeles suburb that is their home to backcountry Colorado, where their uncle Claude has a ranch. There the children encounter an enchanting new world—savage, direct, beautiful, untamed—to which, over the next few years, they will return regularly, enjoying a delicious double life. And yet at the same time this other sphere, about which they are both so passionate, threatens to come between their passionate attachment to each other. Molly dreams of growing up to be a writer, yet clings ever more  fiercely to the special world of childhood. Ralph for his part feels the growing challenge, and appeal, of impending manhood. Youth and innocence are hurtling toward a devastating end.

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Jean Stafford (1915–1979) was born in Covina, California, the
youngest of four children. When she was five her father, an unsuccessful
writer of Westerns, lost the bulk of his inherited fortune on the
stock exchange. The impoverished family, forced to move, eventually
resettled in Boulder, Colorado. Stafford excelled as a student, earning
both a B.A. and an M.A. in four years on a scholarship at the University
of Colorado, but her college years were marked by poverty as well as
by the suicide of her friend Lucy McKee, who shot herself in Stafford’s
presence. A fellowship from the University of Heidelberg enabled
Stafford to study philology abroad following her graduation. Shortly
after her return she met the poet Robert Lowell, whom she married in
New York City in 1940. In 1944 she published her first book,  Boston
Adventure, a best selling novel of manners, and her second and most
highly acclaimed novel,  The Mountain Lion, followed in 1947—years
which also brought the collapse of her marriage to Lowell and a stay
in a psychiatric hospital. Stafford began to write short stories, and by
1948, the year in which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, her
work was regularly appearing in  The New Yorker. In 1952 Stafford
published a third novel,  The Catherine Wheel, and in 1970 she was
awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her  Collected Stories.
Stafford was married twice more—to  Life editor Oliver Jensen and to
the writer A. J. Liebling—but lived out her last fifteen years alone.
She suffered a stroke in 1976 and died three years later in White
Plains, New York, leaving her entire estate to her cleaning woman.


Kathryn Davis is the author of many novels, including  Labrador,
The Girl Who Trod on a LoafHellThe Walking TourThe Thin
Place, and  Versailles. She is the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship
and the 2006 Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. She teaches at
Washington University in St. Louis and lives in Vermont. 

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