Sweet Promised Land

ISBN-10: 0874177065
ISBN-13: 9780874177060
Edition: 50th (Annotated)
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Description: In Sweet Promised Land, Laxalt paints an affectionate portrait of his father and, simultaneously, tells the story that connects immigrant families everywhere in the United States. Dominique Laxalt, a Basque-American sheepherder, is persuaded by his  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Edition: 50th
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 3/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

In Sweet Promised Land, Laxalt paints an affectionate portrait of his father and, simultaneously, tells the story that connects immigrant families everywhere in the United States. Dominique Laxalt, a Basque-American sheepherder, is persuaded by his family to return home for a long-planned visit after living nearly half a century on the ranges of the American West. Accompanied by his son Robert, Dominique travels to his native Basque Country in the French Pyrenees. His return to the village and mountain trails of his youth evokes ambiguous feelings as he describes to his relatives the life of hardship he has endured in the United States. The nostalgic trip to his native land ends poignantly as the elder Laxalt realizes that America has become his true home. Told with compelling sensitivity, this story portrays a family whose members share a strength of character drawn from their peasant ancestors and yet remain separated by diverse cultures on different continents.

-- Ann Ronald-- is Foundation Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her books include Earthtones: A Nevada Album, The New West of Edward Abbey, Reader of the Purple Sage, and GhostWest: Reflections Past and Present.

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