Posted on | December 28, 2012 | No Comments
To snatch a moment from the wild and capture it in words that pulse with life is a feat. Stephen Grace, author of the 2004 novel Under Cottonwoods, makes it seem effortless. When he describes sandhill cranes rising from the wetlands of the Blackfoot Valley, the reader can almost hear the applause of their wings.
It takes an entirely different kind of gift to comprehend and then explain the sophistry of the policies that are destroying those cranes for the sake of alfalfa farms, feedlots, casinos, suburban lawns and swimming pools. But Grace can do that, too. In his most recent book, Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine its Future, Grace acts as both poet of Western wilderness and translator of water policy.
Click here to keep reading a review of Stephen Grace’s book in High Country News.