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Davis, Claire. WINTER RANGE. New York City, NY: Picador, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 262 pages. As New/As New.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. Advance Signed Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "The New West is the setting for an old-fashioned power struggle in Davis' entrancing debut. Sheriff Ike Parsons, 42 and married to fiery redhead Pattiann, patiently patrols a small Montana town whose cattle outnumber its residents. Pattiann, who always loved the ranching life, was reluctant to settle into her role as a townie's wife, and is bitter over her father's decision to pass on the family ranch to her younger brother. It seems a modern Western woman is powerless, except in the sexual realm, which Pattiann discovered as a rebellious, promiscuous teen. Chas Stubblefield was one of the many boys she drunkenly coupled with in her youth, and 16 years later, when Chas comes to her for sympathy, she fools herself into thinking that she and the down-and-out rancher might still strike sparks. A lonely bachelor, Chas lacks business savvy and can't afford enough feed for his livestock during a particularly harsh winter. Compassionate (but ignorant of Chas' past with Pattiann), Ike offers to help Chas, fully expecting the stubborn, explosive man to swallow his pride. Chas' situation is indeed horrifying: His cattle are already dead or starving, and bankrupt Chas lives off the meat. Ike conceives a plan to mercy-kill the surviving animals, provoking Chas, now helpless to stop the law from taking everything he owns, to settle the score, even if it means hurting the woman he loves. Crisp details establish place and characters with authoritative clarity. As the characterization deepens, so do the suspense and the reader's empathy for decent people trapped by human flaws and fate. The narrative, moving surefootedly toward its denouement, raises serious questions about the law, love, and ethics in a tough rural community. With prose as crystalline and clean as snow on the Montana prairie, Davis establishes herself as a writer to watch" (Publishers Weekly). A "must-have" title for Claire Davis collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain by Claire Davis. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time. This is one of few copies of the Advance Signed Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living American writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0312261403. $40.00

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