It was the early ‘60's in a small town in Minnesota. The family consisted of Jeremiah, a single parent so full of faith that he was able to perform occasional miracles, and his three children: sixteen-year-old Davy who protects the family against two local bullies by shooting them and ending up in jail; eleven-year-old Ruben, extremely asthmatic but very capable of telling the family's story; and Swede, a nine-year-old precocious child who is very involved in writing an epic cowboy poem.
When Davy escapes from jail and takes off into the Badlands of the Dakotas, Jeremiah and his two younger children go in search of him, followed by (of course) the law.
This is a story of family, faith, love and doing the right thing. It is reminiscent of one of my favorite books, "Plain Song" by Kent Haruf, both in message and style.
The clarity and richness of the prose, the concise and simple selection of words, and strong imagery evoked from the descriptions of the Dakotas in the winter all contribute to the book's ability to grab the reader. I know I read straight through the weekend until I finished it.
Recommended by Mitzi Fields