Legend of Colton H. Bryant

ISBN-10: 1594201838
ISBN-13: 9781594201837
Edition: 2008
Authors: Alexandra Fuller
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Description: From the bestselling author of "Donat Letas Go to the Dogs Tonight" and "Scribbling the Cat," the unforgettable true story of a boy who comes of age in the oil-fields and open plains of Wyoming; a heartrending story of the human spirit that lays  More...

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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 5/6/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

From the bestselling author of "Donat Letas Go to the Dogs Tonight" and "Scribbling the Cat," the unforgettable true story of a boy who comes of age in the oil-fields and open plains of Wyoming; a heartrending story of the human spirit that lays bare where it is that wisdom truly resides Colton H. Bryant was one of Wyomingas native sons and grown by that high, dry place, he never once wanted to leave it. aWyoming loves me, a he said, and it was true. Wyomingaroughneck, wild, open, and searingly beautifula loved him, and Colton loved it back. As a child in school, Colton never could force himself to focus on his lessons. Instead, head plan where head go fishing later, or head wonder how many jackrabbits he might find on his favorite hunting patch, or head dream about the rides he would take on the wild mare he was breaking. aAt my funeral, youall all feel sorry for making me waste so much time in school, a he said to his best friend Jakeaand it was true. Two things got Colton through the boredom of school and the neighborhood aK-mart cowboysa who bullied him: His best friend Jake and his favorite mantra, a snatch of a saying he heard on TV: "Mind over matter"awhich meant to him: If you donat mind, it donat matter. Colton and Jake grew up wanting nothing more than the freedom to sleep out under the great Wyoming night sky, to hunt and fish and chase the horizon and to be just like Coltonas dad, a strong and gentle man of few words. When it was time for Colton to marry and make money on his own, he took up as a hand on an oil rig. It was dangerous work, but Colton was the third generation in his family to work on the oil patch and he claimed it was in his blood. And anyway, hejoked, he always knew head die young. Colton did die young, and he died on the rigafalling to his death because the drilling company had neglected to spend two thousand dollars on the mandated safety rails that would have saved his life. His family received no compensation. But they didnat expect toathey knew the companyas ways, and after all as Colton would have said: "Mind over matter," In "Scribbling the Cat," Alexandra Fuller brought us the examined life of a Rhodesian soldier; nowain her inimitable poetic voice and with her pitch-perfect ear for dialoguea she brings before us the life of someone much closer to home, as unexpected as he is iconic. The moving, tough, and in many ways quintessentially American story of Colton H. Bryantas life could not be told without also telling the story of the land that grew himathe beautiful and somehow tragic Wyoming; the land where there are still such things as cowboys roaming the plains, where itas relationships that get you through, and where a just, soulful, passionate man named Colton H. Bryant lived and died.

Alexandra Fuller was born in England in 1969. In 1972, she moved with her family to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). At the end of that country's civil war, the family moved to Malawi and later Zambia. Fuller received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada after which she returned to Zambia where she worked with a safari company. In 1993, Fuller and her husband settled near Livingstone on the banks of the Zambezi River. In 1994, she left Africa and moved to Wyoming, USA In 2011, her book Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness made Publisher's Weekly Best seller list.

A Western
Colton and the Kmart Cowboys: Evanston, Wyoming
Preston and Colton, Hunting
Bill's Philosophy of Horse Breaking: Evanston, Wyoming
Bill and Colton: Evanston, Wyoming
In the Beginning: Wyoming And the West
Cattle Drive: Near Evanston
Goose Hunting with Jake, Colton, and Cody: Near Evanston
Jake: Utah
Jake: Evanston, Wyoming
Jake and Colton: Evanston, Wyoming
Running Free: Near Evanston
Bill's Philosophy of Hunting
Looking for Cocoa
Firewood
Cocoa: June
Graduation
Bull Riding: All Over the West
Paradise Road: Upper Green River Valley
Drilling on the Rigs: Utah
Anatomy of an Oil Patch: Upper Green River Valley
Flow Testing: Upper Green River Valley
The Astro Lounge: Rock Springs
Train Stopping
Colton and Chase: Winter
Kaylee's Philosophy of Drugs
Fireworks: Evanston, Wyoming
Driving All Day: Wyoming/Utah/Arizona
Patterson-Uti Drilling: Upper Green River Valley
Driving All Day and Night: Wyoming/Utah/Arizona
Married: Evanston, Wyoming
Drilling
Thanksgiving: Evanston/Rawlins
A Serious Life
Marriage and Roughnecking: Evanston, Wyoming
The death of Leroy Fried: Upper Green River Valley
Dakota Justus Bryant
Colton Quits
Colton Works in Evanston
Minus Thirty-Five
The Day Before Valentine's Day: Evanston, Wyoming
Cumberland Cemetery
Valentine's Evening: Jake And Tonya
Free Fall
Jake Driving All Day
Patterson-Uti Drilling
Tough Angel
Rainbow: Upper Green River Valley
A Million-Dollar Personality
Evanston Cemetery: Evanston, Wyoming
Colt
Jake And Colton: Afterwards
Author's Note
Acknowledgments

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