An Unfinished Life

An Unfinished Life

A Novel

Book - 2004
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"One of the truest and most original new voices in American letters," as Kent Haruf has written, Mark Spragg now tells the story of a complex, prodigal homecoming. Jean Gilkyson is floundering in a trailer house in Iowa with yet another brutal boyfriend when she realizes this kind of life has got to stop, especially for the sake of her daughter, Griff. But the only place they can run to is Ishawooa, Wyoming, where Jean's loved ones are dead and her father-in-law, the only person who could take them in, wishes that she was too. For a decade, Einar Gilkyson has blamed her for the accident that took his son's life, and he has chosen to go on living himself largely because his oldest friend couldn't otherwise survive. They've been bound together like brothers since the Korean War and now face old age on a faltering ranch, their intimacy even more acute after Mitch was horribly crippled while Einar helplessly watched. Of course, ten-year-old Griff knows none of this--only that her father is dead and her mother has bad taste in men. But once she encounters this grandfather she'd never heard about, and the black cowboy confined to the bunkhouse, with irrepressible courage and great spunk she attempts to turn grievous loss, wrath, and recrimination--to which she's naturally the most vulnerable--toward reconciliation and love. Immediately compelling and constantly surprising, rich in character, landscape, and compassion,An Unfinished Lifeshows a novelist of extraordinary talents in the fullness of his powers. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400042012
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 24 cm


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Aug 22, 2012

such a good book, got scared when it got intense with the bear but loved it :)

Jun 18, 2012

This was one of the best books I've read in the past several years- it spoke very deeply to me. I can completely understand why a movie version followed this. What a fantastic, moving story.

dollfacecrafter Apr 12, 2012

really good, basically about forgiveness and how the heart can heal.


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