Sandhills Boy : The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer
"Sandhills Boy" is Kelton's memoir, a funny and poignant story of "a freckle-faced country boy, green as a gourd, a sheep ready to be sheared," growing up in the wild, dry, sandhills of West Texas. The son of a working cowboy and ranch foreman, Elmer was expected to follow in his father's footsteps but learned at an early age that he had no talents in the cowboy's trade. Buck Kelton said Elmer was "slow as the seven-year itch," and reluctantly supported his son's decision to become a student at the University of Texas, and, eventually, a journalist and writer. Kelton writes with great feeling of his service in WWII in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and the romantic circumstances which changed his life in the village of Ebensee, Austria. His life in ranch and oil patch Texas during the Great Depression is told with warm nostalgic humour animated with stories of the cowboys - and their wives and children - who gave the time and place its special flavour.
- Hardback | 256 pages
- 154.94 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
- 30 May 2007
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
"Kelton, like fine wine, just keeps getting better and better." --"Tulsa World" ..".Elmer Kelton, a wily old cloudburst, imbues his Westerns with ancient myths and modern motifs that transcend cowboys and cattle trails." --"Dallas Morning News "
About Elmer Kelton
Elmer Kelton of San Angelo, Texas, is a native Texan and author of fifty Western novels. He has won many awards for his work and has been recognized as the Greatest Western Writer of all time by the Western Writers of America, Inc. He is the author of Forge's Texas Rangers series.