Engaging characters inhabit Russell's rural world: two daughters, owls, sandhill cranes, great blue herons, a husband who becomes an ex-husband, a lover who becomes an ex-lover, aging parents, wasps, fireflies, five siblings and their families, a dozen horses, assorted cows (her own and others), a few yard chickens, barn swallows, hunters and the hunted, and more. Russell writes as beautifully and hauntingly about livestock and good neighbors as she does about sexual energy and the casual nature of death.
These are essays about day-to-day living, the seasons and cycles of nature, the love of land and family, and one woman's heart-driven ambition to make her home a place of harmony and refuge. For those who share Russell's reverence for the beauty and simplicity of rural life and those who long for a tranquil haven of their own, this book is a treasure.
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