The Old Ace in the Hole
In addition to reading Edeet Ravel this summer, I’ve been feasting on Annie’s wonderfully poetic books as well. What a master wordsmith she really is! Some of her prose will transport you into another orbit of bliss altogether.
In this novel, we are transported to the old Texas ranch. Although the novel has the feel of the South, it also has moments of beauty and eruption. It’s a story filled with beautiful language, history, landscape, music and love. Do we need anything else?
Life on a ranch can be nasty and even brutish. Bob Dollar is a young man who is trying to be his best. He is just out of college, yet he lacks purpose. So, Bob takes a job with Global Pork Rind where his job is to scout out big spreads of land that can be converted to hog farms. Soon he settles into an old bunk house for fifty dollars per month, helps out in a cafe, and learns that for Texisans their ranch is their whole life.
The American West has endured a lot of changes during the last century and Annie shows that beautifully in this novel.
Thank you Annie for such a GREAT book!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed By: Irene s. Roth