November Grass (California Legacy Book)

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9781890771393: November Grass (California Legacy Book)

In the light of the declining sun, amid the muffled sounds of grazing cattle, a Southern California cowgirl considers her life. The language of November Grass, concise yet evocative, transports readers to the coastal hills of San Diego County, where hawks and jays, calves and kittens, and an assortment of backcountry eccentrics bring clarity to questions of birth, death, and love.

In the new introduction, Ursula K. Le Guin writes, ''Van der Veer gives us a rural landscape as deeply known and lived in as Willa Cather's Nebraska or Sara Jewett's Maine. The valley ranches of John Steinbeck's Red Pony and East of Eden are natural comparisons, but Van der Veer's picture is truer, I think, to the patient obscurity of the lives and deaths of those who live on and from this austere land... Pain, suffering, grief are intense in her story, but not more intense than tenderness and praise.''

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Judy Van der Veer (1912-1982) was born in Oil City, Pennsylvania, but spent most of her life in the back country near San Diego, on a ranch her father bought near Ramona. Her writing reflects her love of ranch life and her deep appreciation of nature. Besides November Grass, her books include The River Pasture, A Few Happy Ones, Hold the Rein Free, Higher Than the Arrow, and two children’'s books, Wallace the Wandering Pig and To the Rescue.

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Van der Veer's 1940 work is both a novel of a woman who resides on a California ranch and a paean to the lifestyle of those who live close to nature yet never lose their awe of it. This edition sports a new introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin.
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