Jackalope Dreams

Mary Clearman Blew, Author . Univ. of Nebraska $24.95 (390p) ISBN 978-0-8032-1588-7

In Blew's commendable fiction debut, Corey Henry is fired from her Montana middle school teaching job after striking a taunting student, 13-year-old Ariel Doggett. Heading into her 60s with diminished hopes, Corey faces further trials when her 80-year-old father, a decorated WWII vet and former rodeo star named Loren, commits suicide. Then Ariel's opportunistic father, Hailey Doggett, sues Corey for assaulting his daughter and turns out to be a lot more than merely greedy. Corey's lifelong passion to paint helps keep her grounded during the strife. When the tables turn on the Doggetts, Corey has a further role to play in their lives. Corey's imagined arguments with her late curmudgeonly dad, who has his disenchanted say on the condition of present-day Montana, slow things down, but Blew's distinctive narrative voice and knack for description keep the story on track. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 12/03/2007
Release date: 03/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 390 pages - 978-0-8032-3768-1
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