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The Watershed Years [Paperback]

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A much anticipated sequel to Russell Rowland's highly acclaimed first novel "In Open Spaces". "The Watershed Years" takes place immediately after World War II following the lives of the Arbuckles, a ranching family on the vast plains of eastern Montana.

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Pages   253
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2007
Publisher   Riverbend Publishing
ISBN  1931832862  
ISBN13  9781931832861  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born in Bozeman, Russell Rowland is a fourth-generation Montanan. He served in the Navy, and has worked as a teacher, ranch hand, surveyor, lounge singer, and fortune-cookie writer. He lives in San Francisco.

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Great Sequel!  May 19, 2008
"The Watershed Years" is a wonderful story about a family governed by ancient resentments and shifting loyalties. Jack, the oldest Arbuckle brother, returns after years of absence to manipulate the youngest son, Bob, and his scheming wife Helen in an attempt to tear the family apart. The middle son Blake and his wife Rita stand between Jack and control of the ranch. Even at the most dramatic moments the land and the work take center stage in this novel: a scene with a horse during a hail storm has as much emotional weight as any in the book. This novel feels authentic.

My absolute favorite part of "The Watershed Years" is the quiet, unassuming love story between Blake and Rita. Their marriage is tested by external struggles, but most of all by Blake's taciturn nature, a nature that seems to rise from the land itself. You don't have to read "In Open Spaces" to enjoy it's sequel, "The Watershed Years". However, If you do read these novels sequentially you'll witness the evolution of a great character in Blake Arbuckle.
Great on it's own, Great as a Sequel  May 6, 2008
I'm a huge fan of In Open Spaces, Russel Rowland's first book. I have first love syndrome with that book. And I was thrilled to read The Watershed Years which could stand on it's own or act as a sort of sequel. It is as beautifully well written, a lot smoldering underneath the surface of the character's lives, what drives them. This book needed to be written. Rowland is one of the top American contemporary writers, in my opinion. He writes about life and people with a lot of truth and kind wisdom and somehow he has the authority to do so. Rowland has captured a time and place we long not to forget.
Page Turner!  May 5, 2008
If you liked In Open Spaces, you're going to love The Watershed Years. It picks up where the first book left off and while Rowland lets you know -- when it's important -- what happened in the first, he doesn't rehash it.

Helen is at it again and she's as conniving as ever. Jack is back to further torment his family and of course Blake is steady as ever. I won't give any of it away, but I couldn't put this book down once I started it!
Didn't put it down  Apr 24, 2008
I know when I've struck literary gold. The book cover has something from Starbucks spilled on it, my baby-bjorn-carried seven-month-old has chewed the corner pages nubby and there are at least a dozen e-mail addresses scribbled in the margins of the people who want a copy.

Like all of Rowland's work, one is made aware of new dimension, perspective and color. Original, rich and masculine, the storyline captivates you early and sustains. A cathartic experience for any one with an old cowboy, ranch-busting buck or annoying woman who loves the likes of them in their life.

One of Rowland's most notable talents is infusing his characters with the place inwhich they have been planted. In understading the Arbuckle et al limitations and motivations, the reader discovers Montana's power as "Watershed" characters discover - or run from - themselves.
An Intriguing Sequel  Apr 19, 2008
The heartwarming saga of the Arbuckle family continues in Russell Rowland's second book of life in Montana's ranchlands. The author's love of his home state and his dry sense of humour once more are clearly focused in this lovely story of family interactions and reactions. Although it helps to have read Mr. Rowland's first book, "In Open Spaces", this new adventure can stand on its own and be equally enjoyed.

The story takes place in a better time economically in American history than "In Open Spaces", but there is still enough conflict and intrigue to hold the reader's interest to the very end. Heartily recommended.

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