Sandhills Boy

The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

Elmer Kelton

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“One thing is certain,” a reviewer in True West Magazine recently said, “as long as there are writers as skillful as Elmer Kelton, Western literature will never die.”

Few would disagree with the assessment of the man whose peers voted the “Best Western writer of all time” and whose 50 novels form a testament and tribute to the American West. 
 
But who is that Texas gentleman with the white Stetson and rimless eyeglasses whose friendly face appears on so many book jackets?
 
Sandhills Boy is Kelton’s memoir, a funny and poignant story of  “a freckle-faced country boy, green as a gourd, a sheep ready to be sheared,” growing up in the wild, dry, sandhills of West Texas. The son of a working cowboy and ranch foreman, Elmer was expected to follow in his father's footsteps but learned at an early age that he had no talents in the cowboy’s trade. Buck Kelton called Elmer “Pop,” said he was “slow as the seven-year itch,” and reluctantly supported his son’s decision to become a student at the University of Texas, and, eventually, a journalist and writer.
 
Kelton’s life in ranch and oil patch Texas during the Great Depression is told with warm nostalgic humor animated with stories of the cowboys and their wives and kids who gave the time and place its special flavor. He writes with great feeling of his service in WW2 in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and the romantic circumstances in which his life changed in the village of Ebensee, Austria.

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Chapter One

Often when I look in the mirror, the face I see is my cowboy father’s, the same pinched blue eyes, the same mouth and chin, the same ruddy complexion. Our destinies set us on different pathways. He spent his life within a radius of little more than two hundred miles. The farthest he ever traveled was one visit to his mother’s childhood home in Georgia. I have spent time in countries he never saw and gone through experiences he could only imagine, like trudging through the final weeks of a war in Europe, or falling desperately in love with a blue-eyed Fräulein amid the magnificence

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"Kelton, like fine wine, just keeps getting better and better." --Tulsa World

"...Elmer Kelton, a wily old cloudburst, imbues his Westerns with ancient myths and modern motifs that transcend cowboys and cattle trails." --Dallas Morning News

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About the Author

Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton of San Angelo, Texas, is a native Texan and author of fifty Western novels.  He has won many awards for his work and has been recognized as the Greatest Western Writer of all time by the Western Writers of America, Inc.  He is the author of Forge's Texas Rangers series. 

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Sandhills Boy
The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer
Elmer Kelton

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429909266
ISBN10: 1429909269
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$7.99

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Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2010
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765354280
ISBN10: 0765354284
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 304 pages
$7.99
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