The Fruit of Stone

by Mark Spragg

Hardcover, 2002




Riverhead Hardcover (2002), Edition: First Edition, 304 pages


Though Gretchen is married to his best friend, McEban has been in love with her since they were children growing up on adjacent ranches in Wyoming. When she leaves her husband for a new life, the two men follow her in an odyssey across the American West that forces truths and reveals the mystical, sometimes fatal bonds of love and loyalty. Muscular, vivid, wise and painful, funny, and true; Mark Spragg's novel is entirely unforgettable.

User reviews

LibraryThing member bobbieharv
The plot and spare writing were reminiscent of "So Long See You Tomorrow," by William Maxwell: the protagonist has always been in love with his best friend (and neighbor)'s wife. Good, but less well done than "When Rivers Change Direction."
LibraryThing member nyiper
I couldn't help wanting to follow McEban wherever he went as the details of his life are laid out by Mark Spragg. The quick shifts from the present to his childhood make for a little confusion because the situations often seem to overlap so that you are not sure which time you are in---the past or the present---but it's done so on purpose. The audio version, read by the author, is wonderful.… (more)
LibraryThing member peartreebooks
Great writing, as usual for Mark Spragg, although the story is very sad




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