John Price's Man Killed by Pheasant is a loving ode to the prairies of the Midwest, to west central Iowa, and to family connections that stretch from his Swedish ancestors to his parents to his wife and children. Throughout he embraces 'the opportunity, as always, to settle, to remember, and be ready.' This quest sounds more portentous than it is once enriched with Price's gentle humour and endearing empathy. Sharing stories of home, secrets of landscape, and binding ties to both, he weaves history and memory to create permanent kinships for himself and for his readers.
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 209 x 141 x 18 mm
"Reveals the humor and uncertainty of youth and parenthood; the clarity of his nature writing exhibits the strength he finds in the ancient patterns of migratory birds and the flexibility of the Missouri River. Beyond his elegantly styled memoir, Price achieves a rich biographical portrait of the rural Midwest--its cultural and natural terrain--creating a character from the profound flatness of the region with as much life as he finds in his grandparents and children."--Booklist, starred review
"Whether he is writing about fatherhood, or marriage, or gardening, or snow geese, readers will be captivated by his honest and funny search for meaning, for belonging, for home."--Boston Globe
"The David Sedaris of nature writing and one of the most important younger nature writers."--Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing