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Love and Country

When rodeo practice begins, young Kenny Swanson is hugely disappointed to learn that he won't be able to compete. He and his mother, Lenna, have just moved to a new town and can't afford the risk of injury that is a fact of riding broncs. But a boy's dreams die hard, and Kenny is soon hanging on a fence rail, watching the local rodeo star.

Kenny's longing drives Love and Country's singular story of four seasons in a high valley in Idaho — a complex and poignant year of discovery for him and others in this mesmerizing first novel. As Lenna struggles to find a place for herself — alone with her son, surrounded by vast and sometimes frightening open spaces — Kenny witnesses death on a hunting trip with his estranged father, risks the consequences of breaking colts, helps a mare to foal, and learns the meaning of forgiveness.

Christina Adam captures an American landscape and the sweet pangs of both young and mature love with simplicity and grace. Her characters find challenges in being outsiders and strength in making connections at the most important moments. Like the migrating geese that catch Kenny's attention, they fly first in different directions, eventually gathering together in formation.

Love and Country
by Christina Adam

  • Publication Date: March 22, 2005
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN-10: 0316159409
  • ISBN-13: 9780316159401