Ralph Moody, just turned twenty, had only a dime in his pocket when he
was put off a freight in western Nebraska. It was the Fourth of July in
1919. Three months later he owned eight teams of horses and rigs to go
with them. Everyone who worked with him shared in the prosperity—the
widow whose wheat crop was saved and the group of misfits who formed a
first-rate harvesting crew. But sometimes fickle Mother Nature and frail
human nature made sure that nothing was easy. The tension between
opposing forces never lets up in this book.
Without preaching, The Dry Divide warmly illustrates the old-time virtues of hard work ingenuity, and respect for others. The Ralph Moody who was a youngster in Little Britches and who grew up without a father and with early responsibilities in Man of the Family, The Fields of Home, The Home Ranch, Mary Emma & Company, and Shaking the Nickel Bush (all Bison Books) has become a man to reckon with in The Dry Divide.
Trade Paperback. Excellent, near-mint condition. 1994 Bison Books edition. 230 pages. Illustrated.
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