Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant (Alexandra Fuller)

The Legend of Colton H. Bryant
Alexandra Fuller

Blurb: When Alexandra Fuller set out to write about the oil rigs on Wyoming's high plains, she was expecting the fierce weather and the roughnecks, the big skies and the industry men, but she wasn't expecting to encounter a real-life cowboy. Then Colton H. Bryant happened into her story, a soulful boy with a mustang-taming heart and blue eyes that'll look right through you. The story of his life took over Fuller's writing and a kind of magic ensured, the result of which became this book: The Legend of Colton H. Bryant.

Along with his best friend Jake, Colton survives a sometimes cruel adolescence where neighbourhood bullies tease him for his brand of optimistic goofiness and where his mantra, 'Mind over matter, I don't mind, so it don't matter,' keeps him fighting on. Into his adulthood, Colton loves all things Wyoming; horses, hunting, pick-up trucks and camping out.

But then real life comes due. Colton grows up and finds himself a family and when, against his wife's wishes, Colton joins a crew of roughnecks on the oil rigs that reach high into the Wyoming sky, all the big heart in the world can't save him from the new, unkind greed that has possessed his beloved Wyoming during this latest mineral boom. Tragedy seems inevitable.

The bittersweet story of Colton H. Bryant could not be told without the telling of the land that grew him, where the great high plains meet the Rocky Mountains, to create a vista of lonely beauty. It is here that lives of unembellished stoicism are lived, where friendships last forever and where the existence of one boy has become a true story as deeply moving as the life that inspired it.

ISBN: 9781847373540 (Paperback)
Year: 2008
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 207 (Non-Fiction)


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