Prairie Fever (Compact Disc)
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Prairie Fever by Michael Parker is set in Oklahoma starting in 1917, with excursions to Wyoming and Texas. The characters, 2 sisters and their young male school teacher, are original and compelling and the place (cold!) is as much of a character as they are. It also has an underlying humor that made it fun to read. It reminded me of Paulette Jiles's wonderful News of the World.— Sarah
The most beautiful novel I have read in quite some time. The language is that graceful and original, the events and characters that spellbinding and funny and moving; and always the melancholy beauty and mysterious power of the open prairie shine through. -TOM DRURY, author of Pacific Set in the hardscrabble landscape of early 1900s Oklahoma, but timeless in its sensibility, Prairie Fever traces the dynamic between two sisters: the pragmatic Lorena and the chimerical Elise. Their connection to each other supersedes all else, until the arrival of a schoolteacher sunders the sisters' relationship as they both begin to fall for him. With poetic intensity and the deadpan humor of Paulette Jiles and Charles Portis, Parker reminds us of how our choices are often driven by our passions. Expansive and intimate, Prairie Fever tells the story of characters tested as much by life on the prairie as they are by their own churning hearts. That a love story of this strangeness and rightness can come out of the event of a girl nearly dead in a storm is a testament to the wonder that is Michael Parker's talent. -JANE HAMILTON, author of The Excellent Lombards.