Six Bits a Day (Hewey Calloway)

4.11 avg rating
( 194 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780765309563: Six Bits a Day (Hewey Calloway)

Hewey Calloway, one of the best-loved cowboys in all of Western fiction, returns in this novel of his younger years as he and his beloved brother Walter leave the family farm in 1889 to find work in the West Texas cow country.
The brothers are polar opposites. Walter pines for a sedate life as a farmer, with wife and children; Hewey is a fiddle-footed cowboy content to work at six bits--75 cents--a day on the Pecos River ranch owned by the penny-pinching C.C. Tarpley. Hewey, who "usually accepted the vagaries of life without getting his underwear in a twist", is fun-loving and whiskey-drinking. He spends every penny he earns and regularly gets into trouble with his boss--and occasionally with the law--often dragging innocent Walter along.
When Walter falls in love with a boarding house girl and begins dreaming of a farmer's life, Hewey jumps at the chance to rescue him from this fate worse than death. He convinces Walter to join him on a mission for Tarpley, driving 600 head of cattle from beyond San Antonio to the Double-C ranch on the Pecos.
The journey is both memorable and dangerous: a murderous outlaw is searching for Hewey; and another ruthless character is determined to sabotage the cattle drive. When the drovers reach the Pecos they find Boss Tarpley in the midst of a vicious range feud with Eli Jessup, a neighboring cowman. Hewey and his brother Walter have to get the herd safely across Jessup's land-but how?
The events of Six Bits a Day precede those of Kelton's bestselling The Good Old Boys (1978, transformed into the memorable 1995 movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spacek), and The Smiling Country (Forge, 1998).

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Elmer Kelton is a native Texan, author of forty novels. He has earned countless honors including a record seven Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, Inc., an organization that has voted Kelton the greatest Western Writer of all time. He lives in San Angelo, Texas.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Kelton, Elmer
Published by Forge Books
ISBN 10: 0765309564 ISBN 13: 9780765309563
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(West Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Forge Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0765309564 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0412052

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Kelton, Elmer
Published by Forge Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 0765309564 ISBN 13: 9780765309563
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Forge Books, 2005. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Hewey Calloway returns in this novel of his younger years as he and his brother Walter leave the family farm in 1889 to find work in the West Texas cow country. The events of "Six Bits a Day" precede those of Kelton's bestselling "The Good Old Boys" and "The Smiling Country.". Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0765309564

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 70.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Kelton, Elmer
Published by Forge Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 0765309564 ISBN 13: 9780765309563
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Forge Books, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0765309564

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 66.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Kelton, Elmer
Published by Forge Books (2005)
ISBN 10: 0765309564 ISBN 13: 9780765309563
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Forge Books, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110765309564

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 102.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Kelton, Elmer
ISBN 10: 0765309564 ISBN 13: 9780765309563
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97807653095631.0

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 108.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds