God's Dogs: A Novel in Stories (Hardcover)
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From its bold cover art to its daring storyline; distinct writing style to its well-honed sense of place, this remains one of the best pieces of literature from an Idaho author I've read. Each chapter reads as a short story, and collectively they tell the panoramic story of Ferrel Swan (a retired teacher seeking solitude in Idaho's high desert), his ex-wife/ later-in-life lover, and delinquent son, Levon.— Ross
Ferrell Swan has fled the shambles of his life in Ohio for the vast and empty landscape of Idaho's high desert. Here he tries to escape his past and its failureseven to escape memory itself. He seeks solace in sunrises and sunsets, wild mustangs and wheeling hawks, and the coyotes that roam his one hundred acres of scrubland. Through visits from his stepson and his ex-wife, through occasional contacts with odd and reclusive neighbors, Swan confronts himself in order to realize his humanity.