cover image English Creek

English Creek

Ivan Doig. Penguin Books, $13.95 (343pp) ISBN 978-0-14-008442-9

The summer of his 14th year brings challenges and changes to Jick McCaskill and his family, in this book which echoes with ""the pioneering and human spirit,'' observed PW. Jick's older brother decides not to attend college, becoming a cowboy instead; a fire in Two Medicine National Forest threatens to destroy the community; and, ``by summer's end, Jick has learned the secret his father and an old campjack have kept from the rest of the community,'' PW added. November