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Dennis Clausen

Prairie Son


When his father was dying of cancer, novelist Clausen (Ghost Lover) suggested that the "impossibly distant" wanderer write his life story to reconcile a life marred by failed relationships. Lloyd Clausen filled three legal pads with a summary of his experiences, which his son spun into this powerfully sentimental narrative of Lloyd's hard-luck coming-of-age on the Minnesota prairie during the Depression. (From Publishers Weekly)


“An amazing book. Easily the Angela's Ashes of the prairie. Clausen has captured his father's voice perfectly and in it distilled a haunting song that will not be forgotten.” — Mary Logue

“An archetypal account of Depression-era hardship. The heartbreaking frankness with which Clausen relates his father's quest to find his birth mother and establish a place in the wider world elevates this chronicle. A testament to one boy's heroic, if flawed struggle, to maintain his humanity in the face of overwhelming odds.” — Publishers Weekly

“Truly memorable. The almost atonal language typical of the time takes on a rich descriptive quality that makes this text deeply lyrical as well as historical. Outstanding.” — ForeWord

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