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Set in Wyoming in 1954, this is the story of the coming of age of Anna Mae Morgan, a stubborn, ardent, fourteen-year-old, and her struggle to forestall the forced sale of the family ranch. The family is fracturing—her father is laid up and dispirited after an accident, and her mother dismayed and on the point of leaving. Anna Mae forms am odd complicated alliance with the family's sometimes hired man, Buster and together they work to take over the father's custom hay stacking operation. Ultimately, the saving grace of Anna Mae's will and their common bond with the land pulls the Morgan family back together.


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