Incident at Pishkin Creek

Gary D. Svee, Author
Gary D. Svee, Author Walker & Company $18.95 (204p) ISBN 978-0-8027-4095-3
Reviewed on: 11/28/1989
Release date: 12/01/1989
Not a lot happens here, but Svee ( Spirit Wolf ) vividly portrays beauty and a sense of daily life in Montana near the turn of the century. Former cowboy Max Bass, struggling to build up his ranch and small coal business, advertises for a mail-order bride. When Catherine O'Dowd, Irish immigrant maid, arrives from Boston, she's taken with Max initially but her dream of becoming a lady married to a ``Montana entrepreneur'' doesn't come true. She rebels at life in a prairie dugout and wants to leave, but Max insists that she stay--at least until the priest returns in three months. While enlivened by well-done set pieces--a barn-raising, the rescue of a child from a flooding creek and a running battle with a scheming banker--most of the book is occupied with the fierce contest of wills, the conflict between Max's urge toward family and Catherine's fight for freedom. (June)
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