Lime Creek

Lime Creek In this wonderful work of fiction Joe Henry explores the complex relationship between a father and his sons whose deep connections to one another to the land and to the creatures that inhabit it g

  • Title: Lime Creek
  • Author: Joe Henry
  • ISBN: 9781400069415
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this wonderful work of fiction, Joe Henry explores the complex relationship between a father and his sons, whose deep connections to one another, to the land, and to the creatures that inhabit it give meaning to their lives.Spencer Davis, his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons, Luke, Whitney, and Lonny, work with horses and with their hands They spend long relentless daysIn this wonderful work of fiction, Joe Henry explores the complex relationship between a father and his sons, whose deep connections to one another, to the land, and to the creatures that inhabit it give meaning to their lives.Spencer Davis, his wife, Elizabeth, and their sons, Luke, Whitney, and Lonny, work with horses and with their hands They spend long relentless days cutting summer hay and feeding it to their cattle through fierce Wyoming winters The family bears witness to the cycle of life, bringing foals into the world and deciding when to let a favored mare pass on to the next As Luke grows older, falls in love, and begins to assert his independence, Spencer strives to impart the wisdom of this way of life to his headstrong son, whatever the cost.Moving, powerful, and beautifully rendered, Lime Creek brings readers into the lives of this unforgettable family and into a world that, though often harsh, is lit by flashes of spectacular grace.

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    1. I soured on LIME CREEK quickly. Its author, Joe Henry, is apparently trying to out-Proulx Annie with this paean to Wyoming ranching life, but it turns out to be a pain to read, despite its brevity. Its chief offense is diction. For one thing, it seemed like 65% of Henry's "sentences" (I use the word loosely here) started with the word "And." And so it started to annoy. And so did his use of sentence fragments. And you know damn well that I'm used to sentence fragments because it's not like they [...]

    2. Won an advanced proof copy from Goodread's Giveaways. I think to rate this book fairly, I need to give it 2 ratings, one for each section of the book. I'd give 4 stars to section one. I really enjoyed the first half of the book. It was sweet and touching. The story is about relationships and starts with a young couple and grows into a family. It was so endearing and a nice love story. The writing style is a little hard to get into it- at only 144 pages (and smaller pages with a larger font) I th [...]

    3. If a novel could be a poem, Lime Creek is it.Arresting in its imagery, surprising and poignant in both its style and point of view, Lime Creek transports the reader in its sharp realism like a stage rambling over an uneven trail, but comforts in the softness of its delivery - like the reassuring embrace of a trusted companion.That companion is writer, Joe Henry. He is to be trusted. To be appreciated for his fearless depth in telling a deceptively simple tale elevating ethereal emotion to the po [...]

    4. I'm not sure what to rate this. I liked the beginning. I kinda like the middle. I got lost in the snowstorm at the end. It had flavors of books I liked but that it was a mash of severalI just don't know. The long breathless sentences combined with the novel's brevity overall felt like the author said a lot without telling me what I wanted to know.

    5. I wanted to love this book. After reading a couple of chapters though I struggled to even like it. It's not a bad story at the core. It's just buried in a bunch of prose and sentences that start with the word and.

    6. I won this book from the giveaways program. It was pretty good and written very well but my dissapointment is that it was too short! Was this not a short story or what? The characters were solid but I wanted to follow them further or from the beginning at least. We only get snippets of their lives and some things are just left unexplained I'm dying to know more!

    7. I had a hard time reading this book. I was very confused at times, and the sentence fragments drive me nuts. Some sections were good, but I failed to see the point in the end.

    8. hcn/issues/43.22/love-Love and loss on a Wyoming ranch: A review of Lime CreekNEWS - From the High Country News December 26, 2011 issueBy Jenny ShankLime CreekJoe Henry160 pages, hardcover: $20.Random House, 2011.Woody Creek, Colo.-based Joe Henry studied at the Iowa Writer's Workshop with John Irving, but then detoured from writing fiction to work as a rancher, becoming a successful lyricist along the way. Henry's ravishing first work of fiction, Lime Creek, must have been inspired by the Weste [...]

    9. I received a copy of this book through the First-reads program.This book is a collection of anecdotes by two of the characters: Spencer, the father, and Luke, his son. The stories begin from Spencer's point of view, marrying his wife and his background, and switches to Luke's perspective when Luke is a teenager. There is no plot building in this book, which may bother some readers, but those who enjoy memoirs will enjoy this book very much.However, this format of writing was a bit confusing at [...]

    10. I don’t remember why I bought this book, but I expect it was a strong positive review that appeared in something I read. It could have been because it takes place in Wyoming and there is a lot in the novel about horses and ranching. I also like the simplicity of the title, even the author’s name. Just Joe Henry. The front cover has a blurb from Larry McMurtry calling it “a wonderful book”. I won’t disagree with that, but I might have used a different adjective. The cover also says fict [...]

    11. In this book, the author works from a simple premise: Telling the story of a man, the woman who becomes his wife, the sons they raise, and the place where they live. The beauty lies in the manner of the telling. Joe Henry has a distinctive, unique, idiosyncratic, singular prose style that in many instances approaches poetry. The story is told in a series of chapters or, perhaps more accurately, vignettes. Each presents a specific event and the impact it has in the life or lives of the particular [...]

    12. This book is lovely and reads like the wind. From soft summer breezes to the depths of frigid winters it encapsulates small moments and fine details. The stories were not so connected but rather segmented. It felt like I was reading a series of shorts. At times the point of views changed. Sometimes it was third person omniscient and at other times it was first person point of view through Luke's eyes and then back to third. A bit confusing and distracting. I would like to know why the author did [...]

    13. I found a copy of this book for a quarter in a Tulsa used bookstore, and read it on a recent trip to Jackson Hole, WY. It was nice to walk in to the bookstore there in town and see it on the "Staff Suggests" shelf for one of the employees (Owen).A bit of a mixed bag, when he keeps it simple and just tells a story (the work appears to be highly autobiographical) the collection of inter-related short chapters works wonderfully. Set in remote W WY in what seems to be the '70's or so. At times he ov [...]

    14. The Davis family--Spencer, Elizabeth, and their three sons--raise cattle, work with horses, and bring in the hay on their ranch. They survive the short summers and long, brutal Wyoming winters together, bonding to each other and to their horses. The boys also learn of their father's horrific war experiences that continue to torment him. There are also touching scenes such as celebrating an old fashioned Christmas Eve in the barn, singing carols with their neighbors by the Christmas tree, surroun [...]

    15. Lime Creek is a beautiful novel set in stories about Wyoming rancher Spencer Davis and his wife Elizabeth and their sons. In the stories you find out about these wonderful, strong people and the harsh life that they have on the ranch raising horses and cattle. You follow their triumphs, tragedies and joy. Joe Henry is an award-winning lyricist and poet - who has written songs for John Denver, Garth Brooks, and even Frank Sinatra. He is a storyteller and what made reading this even better was the [...]

    16. Lime Creek by Joe Henry is an exploration of the Davis family through a series of moments that capture the heart of the characters. Lime Creek follows Spencer and Elizabeth Davis along with their three boys, Lonny, Whitney, and Luke. Together they live on a farm tending to horses and cattle. They also must endure brutal winters. For readers that want a solid moving plot, they won't find it in this book. Instead, the reader gets short glimpses of specific moments for the family, such as a foal be [...]

    17. Lime Creek is a beautiful novel set in stories about Wyoming rancher Spencer Davis and his wife Elizabeth and their sons. In the stories you find out about these wonderful, strong people and the harsh life that they have on the ranch raising horses and cattle. You follow their triumphs, tragedies and joy. Joe Henry is an award-winning lyricist and poet - who has written songs for John Denver, Garth Brooks, and even Frank Sinatra. He is a storyteller and what made reading this even better was the [...]

    18. Lime Creek has some moments of incredibly lyrical prose. The entire book is poetic, reading like a love song to the Wyoming wilderness it describes. The first half of the book is more spare, while the second half, though still containing some moments of beautiful description, gets mired in such complex and convoluted sentences that it can be difficult to follow the narrative. Overall, the creative challenge of reading it is mostly worth it for some of the lovely sentences and passages that autho [...]

    19. Loved this book. The spare writing style takes a little getting used to. I found I needed to drop my expectation of how sentences and paragraphs are 'supposed' to be constructed and simply allowed myself to be carried into the harsh but beautiful Wyoming country and one family's ranch life through the author's rich, lyrical prose. Joe Henry clearly loves the country and the people who inhabit it. Their love of family, neighbors, animals and Wyoming comes through in every chapter. It isn't a book [...]

    20. This is a very heartwarming story revolving around a family living in the country lands of Wyoming. The story starts off with the father, Spencer, and how he comes to meet his wife and quickly get married. The majority of the book is focused on his family life, which includes his three sons but focuses mostly on two of them. Without a doubt, Luke is the son most spoken about, and he seems to have several obstacles come his way throughout the course of the book. At some times, the sentence struct [...]

    21. This author is a wordsmith! Could have been short stories but its all blended together in the telling. The passage of time was interesting. The story seems to be told by Luke in snippets of memories. Why does he refer to his parents by their first names? I'd be interested in future books that Mr. Henry writes. Oh, fave line is on page 81:"And your sorrow and grief and your joys and pleasures too would teach you your lessons in a curriculum devised just precisely for you."

    22. This is a very rewarding read if you take the time to really read it. As others have attested, the phrasing can be difficult at times, but I found such craftsmanship in how author Henry could alter the meaning of a sentence, a paragraph, or a chapter, with just one significant word. Brilliant! I grew up in Wyoming, so the theme of work, weather, work, weather was very familiar to me and I felt very much at home in the story. When I finished the book, I wasn't finished, wanting more.

    23. Short and lyrical novel about western Wyoming rancher who marries a back east lady, but then she dies tragically young. Most of pov from one the the ½ orphaned sons. Author is also an song writer (too say the least, he’s written about a million “hits”) but this short novel seems to eschew most of the platitudes and clichés. And describes the damn cold coldness of Wyoming rather well too. Can be read in a few hours at most.

    24. What a wonderful serendipity there is to finding a treasure you weren't expecting on the new book shelf at the library. Lime Creek is a slim volume of related stories about the members of a Wyoming ranching family. Each story is a gem, written in poetic prose that speaks directly to the heart. Rather than reading them all at once, I found I wanted to let each one resonate and "settle" before moving on to the next. Don't miss this one!

    25. I thought the first chapter was fantastic but then that run-on writing style started to grate on me and pretty soon I was skipping paragraphs and then entire pages just to get to the end because with such a wonderful first chapter you expect at some point the author will come up with a plot or at least start punctuating his never-ending sentences but sadly he doesn't. There might be a good story here, but I was too irritated to find it.

    26. The story takes place in Wyoming and tells of violent winters and short summers where the Davis family - Spencer, Elizabeth, Lonny, Whitney, and Luke- fight the elements to survive and farm. They seem to have an uncanny relationship with their animals - especially horses- and that's why I read the short book. My favorite part is the Christmas in the barn tradition with their neighbors.

    27. Spur Award short novel 2012 finalist (best short novel which features American West/frontier)setting: Wyoming horse ranchcharacters: dad, mom, 3 adult sons1st person changing point of view; a bit stream-of-consciousness; jumps around in timeconnected stories that convey challenges of lifestyle and of family

    28. One vision of lifeAt first, I thought this book was outlining daily life in the country, old hat to me. Maybe different to city people. By the end, I was drinking in every word. Life on earth is a powerful storm, changing yet timeless, volatile yet connected. Wound through this like thin threads are the characters' (and our) lives with all their longings and frailties.

    29. The author is a very talented poetic writer. I didn't care much for the story though. There was not even much of a story line. As far as description goes, I felt like the author knew what he was talking about. It seemed like he was speaking from experience when he described the setting. Not a memorable book, just ok.

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