Bucking the Sun

Bucking the Sun

A Novel

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Driven from the Montana bottomland to relief work on a New Deal dam project on the Missouri, the Duff family--three brothers, their parents, wives, and others--works on the Fort Peck Dam, but the unforgiving river and tragedy are always threatening

Blackwell North Amer
To "buck the sun" is to push on against the glare of sunrise or sunset. The "pushful" family at the center of this story is the Duffs, driven from the Montana bottomland to relief work on the New Deal's most audacious project - to stop the mighty Missouri with earth. "Goin' Owen," the engineer oldest son, must contend with kin as willful and unpredictable as the river itself: his twin brothers, quiet Neil and daredevil Bruce; their wrathy, hard-drinking father; and their mettlesome mother. Roiling these already turbulent family waters are the brothers' trio of kaleidoscopically spirited wives, a history-haunted uncle from Scotland and his unexpected bride.
Around this eye-of-the-cyclone family swirls the epic that was Fort Peck and its cast of thousands - conmen and G-men, politicos and prostitutes, drawn by the workers who labored above, below and beside the river, through sweltering heat and winters so savage ice formed inside their shanties. And always, there is the river, restlessly eddying toward a tragedy that will entrap some and pardon others.

Baker
& Taylor

Driven from the Montana bottomland to relief work on a New Deal dam project on the Missouri, the Duff family--three very different brothers, their parents, wives, and others--works on the Fort Peck Dam, but the unforgiving river and tragedy are always threatening. 60,000 first printing. tour.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996.
ISBN: 9780684811710
0684811715
Branch Call Number: DOI
Characteristics: 412 p. ; 24 cm.

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kerrigan12 Feb 09, 2014

the comments here are correct not my favorite Doig book but his not my favorite is still far superior to most that are written today

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