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Critical Praise

"A family epic that has a muted elegance.…A gracefully understated novel."

——New York Times Book Review

"Rowland's outstanding debut...follows a Montana ranching clan as it struggles to survive the depression, two world wars and a family tragedy."

——Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Russell Rowland's In Open Spaces is as good as it gets...a powerful book."

——C.J. Box, author of Open Season and Savage Run

"A heartfelt debut...[An] unpretentious, involving story told with unfaltering authority."

——Kirkus Reviews

"Compelling. Cinematic. A fine first novel about the strength of family."

——San Francisco Weekly

"Like Norman McLean's A River Runs Through It,...Rowland...brings [Montana's] unique beauty alive....Good reading."

——Denver Post

"Charged with dramatic tension -- a joy to read."

——Ha Jin, author of Waiting, winner of the National Book Award

"In Open sage, humane, and immensely readable."

——C. Michael Curtis, senior editor, Atlantic Monthly

"[An] outstanding debut...Rowland's examination of family dynamics is poignant and revealing...."

——Publishers Weekly (starred review)