Tammi Littrell grew up a nomad, a product of her family's cowboy lifestyle. On the move from ranch to ranch in Montana and Wyoming with a tough-loving father and a sweet-natured mother, Tammi worked hard to earn the position of her father's right-hand man. Along the way she learned to rope, ride, chew tobacco, shoot a gun, pick a fight, and bury her feelings deep inside. Years later she's left with a ragtag of memories - some good, some bad, and some she's spent a lifetime trying to forget. After the devastating death of her mother, Tammi, her sister, and her father embark on a 1,800-mile pilgrimage to visit the places they lived in as children. During the journey Tammi is forced to relive her past, while gaining insight into her future. In this gut-wrenching brutally honest, and quick-witted memoir, Tammi reveals the hard road to acceptance and the kind of heartache only family can give you. When the Dust Settled is an unforgettable story of loss, love, and redemption - and what life is like after growing up cowboy.
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Tamara Littrell and her husband split their time between their home in Wyoming and a catamaran in the British Virgin Islands. She also writes a blog about food and travel, her true passions. It can be found at saucedujour.blogspot.com When the Dust Settled is her first book.Review:
The prose and lessons in When the Dust Settled by Tamara Littrell are stunningly crisp in their delivery and unasssailably authentic. Whether you have lived around the ranch life of the Northern Rockies and Plains or not, you will smell sage and sweat. You'll feel the stiff weave of a lariat in calloused palms; remember its burn on young skin. Soon you'll hear the lonesome fullness of quiet wind against your heart and taste the blood of a horse in your mouth. Yet those are but an eddy in the river of sensation where Littrell floats this vagabond, coming-of-age story. We watch Littrell and her sister grow from girls to women in the wake of their tough and stoic cowboy father and his adoring but subjugated wife, who deeply loved him. When the Dust Settled is proof that cowboys grow old, but their pain is guaran-goddamn-teed to stay fresh. It's proof that a man's daughters are still daughters, even when the reins are ripped from his aged hands, and that finally finding the trail is all that matters. Littrell bares her well-earned scars without shame, showing them with toughness, humor, and honesty. She is a woman and author-in-full. But perhaps most of all, Littrell proves a human of extraordinary grace as she examine her life-long oppressor and hero. She is our mentor. She is the real deal. --William C. Pack, Author of The Bottom of the Sky, National Best Book Award Finalist and Pulitzer Nominee
In the tradition of Mari Sandoz an Old Jules, Tamara Littrell's portrayal of a family in the American West at mid-century is an heart-wrenching as it is surprisingly tender. --Mary Clearman Blew, Author of Jackalope Dreams
I so enjoyed When the Dust Settled. I can appreciate the early sadness in Tamara Littrell's life, and so enjoyed the way that she found humor to replace it. The duty she felt for her father is hard to explain, but I sure can relate. I know this will be a compelling read for anyone. --Buck Brannaman, BUCK, Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, 2011, Inspiration for The Horse Whisperer and Author of The Faraway Horses
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Book Description Brown Books Small Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1612547621
Book Description Brown Books Small Press, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 407 pages. 7.90x5.20x1.30 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1612547621