Bone Fire

Bone Fire Ishawooa Wyoming is far from bucolic nowadays The sheriff Crane Carlson needs no reminder of this but gets one anyway when he finds a kid not yet twenty murdered in a meth lab His other troubles i

  • Title: Bone Fire
  • Author: Mark Spragg
  • ISBN: 9780307593245
  • Page: 105
  • Format: ebook
  • Ishawooa, Wyoming, is far from bucolic nowadays The sheriff, Crane Carlson, needs no reminder of this but gets one anyway when he finds a kid not yet twenty murdered in a meth lab His other troubles include a wife who s going off the rails with bourbon and pot, and his own symptoms of the disease that killed his grandfather.Einar Gilkyson, taking stock at eighty, countsIshawooa, Wyoming, is far from bucolic nowadays The sheriff, Crane Carlson, needs no reminder of this but gets one anyway when he finds a kid not yet twenty murdered in a meth lab His other troubles include a wife who s going off the rails with bourbon and pot, and his own symptoms of the disease that killed his grandfather.Einar Gilkyson, taking stock at eighty, counts among his dead a lifelong friend, a wife and far too young their only child and his long absent sister has lately returned home from Chicago after watching her soul mate die His granddaughter, Griff, has dropped out of college to look after him, though Einar would rather she continue with her studies and her boyfriend, Paul Completing this extended family are Barnum McEban and his ward, Kenneth, a ten year old whose mother Paul s sister is off marketing spiritual enlightenment.What these characters have to contend with on a daily basis is bracing enough, involving car accidents, runaway children, strokes and Lou Gehrig s disease, not to mention the motorcycle rallies and rodeos that flood the tiny local jail But as their lives become even strained, hardship foments exceptional compassion and generosity, and those caught in their own sorrow alleviate the same in others, changing themselves as they do so In this gripping story, along with harsh truths and difficult consolation come moments of hilarity and surprise and beauty No one writes compellingly about the modern West than Mark Spragg, and in Bone Fire he is at the very height of his powers.From the Hardcover edition.

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    About "Mark Spragg"

    1. Mark Spragg

      Mark Spragg is the author of Where Rivers Change Direction, a memoir that won the Mountains Plains Independent Booksellers award, and the novels The Fruit of Stone and An Unfinished Life, which was chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as the Best Book of 2004 All three were top ten Book Sense selections and have been translated into fifteen languages He lives with his wife, Virginia, in Wyoming.

    479 thoughts on “Bone Fire”

    1. Once I pick up a Spragg book, I can barely put them down. I love his writing. Bone Fire is his third novel, each set in Wyoming and each centering around the same set of people, more or less. The first in the series was The Fruit of Stone and I absolutely loved that book. Next was An Unfinished Life, also a great story, even though I was not quite as impressed as with the first. An Unfinished Life was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez. The movie was wel [...]


    2. It's difficult to imagine this as the same author who wrote An Unfinished Life. The characters are all there, along with numerous others introduced here in a random parade of (barely) related plot lines that ultimately go nowhere.Lengthy, rambling sentences spiced with dictionary words force the reader to stop, re-read, looking for subject/verb/author's intent. Chapters jump from character to character, with no indication of who we're following now. New characters are introduced with no hint of [...]


    3. Mark Spragg’s latest book, Bone Fire, continues the story of Griff started in An Unfinished Life. I suggest you start with An Unfinished Life first or the sequel will be confusing. Bone Fire picks up with Griff dropping out of college to take care of her grandfather Einar who has become ill. Griff has become an artist, using pottery as her medium. This was one of my favorite parts of the book. Her art sounds amazing, very unique, and is so thoroughly described I could almost see it. Many chara [...]



    4. I can't believe it took me so long to get around to this book, as I'm a fan of Mark Spragg's work. I'm glad I waited, though, because today I'm in that state of bliss that comes from having been recently re-immersed in a world that I have some knowledge of but had to leave when I moved from Wyoming to Colorado. Spragg gets it right, as always. Take the youngest character in this book, Kenneth. He is only ten, yet has totally absorbed the western values that shape the best men in that region. Whe [...]


    5. This seems to be the final in a "loose trilogy" written by Spragg, and it is a great read! I call it loose because all of the books can be read as stand-alones, but I think I'd recommend them in order anyway. In Bone Fire, Spragg has honed his craft a bit; the characters are still top notch, but their relationships are better defined. The main character throughout the books, Einar, is much older and in failing health. His grandaughter, Griff cares for him and the ranch. His best friend Mitch is [...]


    6. Mark Spragg’s Unfinished Life is in my top 20 list of all-time favorite books (and it was a great movie too starring Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, and Morgan Freeman), so I was eager to read Spragg’s new book Bone Fire. Bone Fire is about ordinary people and how they face life’s challenges. Griff, Einar, and many characters from Spragg’s earlier books appear in Bone Fire and they each face a challenge.Octogenarian Einar has suffered a stroke and must submit to receiving care from Griff [...]


    7. Third in his Wyoming series, tells more of the lives of Einar Gilkyson, his granddaughter Griff, daughter-in-law Jean, and other characters from An Unfinished Life and The Fruit of the Stone. The Wyoming west is really the main character. It’s a very male book in many ways (the women don’t fare too well in this landscape and in these men’s lives). Beautifully etched. Laconic conversations that deliver large meaning with few words. Very Scandi in that way. It makes me want to go back and re [...]


    8. I didn’t realize when I picked up this book that it was basically a sequel to An Unfinished Life. It took me awhile to get the characters straight since I didn’t read the first book. I found it enjoyable once I did get them in order and plan to read the first book.


    9. I would just as happily have given Bone fire four stars or two. I loved that Mark Spragg continued the saga he started with An Unfinished Life and The Fruit of Stone. And even after reading Bone Fire, I eagerly await his next book. However I hated that Bone Fire so radically alters the personality of several of the characters I was so fond of. The personas of several characters are so different from what I had learned about them previously that I actually thought the characters were new to this [...]


    10. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and each of their stories. The thing is, I felt like there was no beginning and no end. It seemed to be more like just a middle. It definitely left me wanting more. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. There was a character "Mitch" in the story that was brought up quite a few times. Honestly, I still don't know who he was in relation to the family. A brother? Uncle?There was also the ending that left me confused. I'm not sure what [...]


    11. "Bone Fire" by Mark Spragg is a tale about preparing for death. There is a feeling of hopelessness that evolves throughout the book with some disconnections not only between the reader and the piece but also between the characters which leads me to believe as an audience he wanted us to feel that disconnection and experience it. This sometimes made the work confusing to read. However, inspite of the thick writing, there is a great deal of interpretive language and complex plot structures that mo [...]


    12. A hard-bitten western set in Wyoming (and, apparently, the sequel to An Unfinished Life, which I haven't read yet). The book is spare and dark, and with a muted, subdued storyline about a young woman, Griff, who lives on a ranch with her dying grandfather. She has a Native American boyfriend, Paul, who is a graduate student in Chicago, and much of the story centers on the tug-of-war between the two of them over their relationship. Other stories round out the plotline: the murder of a young tweak [...]


    13. This book will appear March 2010. Mark Spragg has become a powerful, evocative writer. This novel's themes revolve around decay and loss- loss of the old West, and losses of the people trying to live in the new West. We see an old cowboy losing his independence, a meth lab taking a young life, and a young couple on the brink of dissolution. Publishers Weekly called the novel "bleak to the point of parody". I wouldn't go that far, but there aren't many bright spots in the novel. The ones we get- [...]


    14. I enjoyed the book - his writing is spare, beautiful, hard. The characters are interesting, absorbing, and portray a modern West in a way that clearly reflects their heritage. I found the book confusing at times, and struggled to keep up with the characters and what they were doing. part of this is because Spragg expects the reader to pay attention and doesn't lead them by hand - which I normally enjoy. But I was a little distracted while reading this and dipped in and out of the book, which mad [...]


    15. I've been a devoted reader of Spragg's since "Where River's Change Direction." This novel follows the characters from "An Unfinished Life", and the decisions made in the continuance of their lives are profoundly executed. The characters have kept me up at night, not just from reading, but from worrying over their lives, their dreams, their pain and sorrow. The first reason I fell in love with Spragg, and the reason why I return again and again is first and foremost for the way he evokes the West [...]


    16. Great sequel to An Unfinished Life. Love the characters, love the setting, love the story, love the language. The relationship between McEban and Kenneth was so precious. When it said that he curled up in bed with him, and talked at other times about him coming to bed to stay with Paul when he was Kenneth's age, I thought oh christ do not tell me this has to go to perv land and heart break. Well it did not. It was a lovely poignant perfect kind of affection that was not adulterated. Life in the [...]


    17. It took me a few pages to really get into this book. At first, I thought the author's descriptions of scenes and characters were too flowery and got in the way of whatever plot was developing. But later I realized that the author merely was paying great attention to detail. The descriptions were very evocative without being distracting. The characters were fully developed and engaging. While the plot (what there is of one) never really got going, the vignettes of the lives described in the book [...]


    18. I knew immediately this was a sequel to An Unfinished Life--I had not read the book but did see the movie, not knowing there was a book. The author's style bothered me somewhat because so many shifts of scene began by using the pronouns "she" or "he" and I would have to scan down to try to find out which characters were being referred to--sometimes I was picturing the wrong ones. His style of writing was OK and I particularly liked the description of a library by the character Kenneth. The autho [...]


    19. I did not read the first book in this series so I had some difficulty, at first, connecting the relationships between the characters. Once I figured that out - whose relationship effected whose -the reading their relationships became more meaningful. However, the dialogues were a bit flat. Especially the character's stream of consciousness dialogues, and preceived the female characters to be shallow in their communications with their males - other than the brother and sister characters me there [...]


    20. DNF: 25%Great writing, love the setting. But the story didn't seem to have enough going on to hold my interest, or no core plot to hold all the different stories together. "The plot never coalesces". Also, the flashbacks to the past aren't clearly separated from the present, which is confusing at times.Second Try65% and still the same problem with lack of a coherent plot to tying the stories together. The characters are very sympathetic, but I can't find a central tension to drive the plot.


    21. There was a beautiful but mediocre movie several years ago called "An Unfinished Life," starring Robert Redford, J-Lo and Morgan Freeman. It was an adaptation of a novel by Mark Spragg, and this is its sequel. Not necessary to have read the first one (I didn't) or to have seen the movie, but it was cool as I started reading to recognize the characters because I had seen the film recently on TV. Definitely a novel of the West.ally enjoying it.


    22. It starts off with the sheriff finding a 20 year old shot to death in a meth lab in a small Wyoming town. The Sheriff is dealing with a medical disease his father died of, his wife drinks too much, her daughter makes bone sculptures & is taking care of her aging Grandfather after she dropped out of college. The Gpa's lesbian sister comes to live with Gpa after her partner dies, and it goes on. Good stories about all the characters.


    23. Bone Fire revisits characters previously introduced in The Fruit of Stone and An Unfinished Life, and because there are many references to the first two books, I'd recommend reading those first. In this last book of the "series," Spragg weaves together story lines, touching briefly on several dark themes including addiction, disconnection, and death. It could easily be a grim book, and parts of it are, but there are hopeful moments too, just like life.


    24. I loved the first book, An Unfinished Life, so I was interested to see where the characters were a few years later. Unfortunately, this one didn't live up to its predecessor. I confess that, after the first 50 pages, I just skimmed to the end. Meth lab, Lou Gehrig's disease, pot, alcohol abuse, lesbianism. Maybe I'm missing something, but it just seemed like a bunch of hot button social issues and not so much character development.


    25. I didn't realize that this was the sequel to An Unfinished Life until I looked at the reviews, and then I realized I'd even read the other book, which was the prequel to this one.A good story set in the WEST of Wyoming without being a western. The characters are well formed and you get a good feeling for place.


    26. If you liked Forgiven, you'll like this better. Mark Spragg describes the people who live in this dry, difficult Western terrain by describing the country where they live, and he knows both. These are imperfect people, good, bad and indifferent, each doing the best they can. I would love to meet them. Each one of them.


    27. THIS STORY WAS SORT OF A SEQUEL TO "AN UNFINISHED LIFE". GRIF IS NOW 17, JEAN IS REMARRIED TO THE LOCAL SHERRIF (WHO IS DYING OF ALS). INA IS HAVING STROKES AND HIS LONG LOST SISTER IS HELPING CARE FOR HIM. PAUL IS IN LOVE WITH GRIF AND KENNETH, HIS NEPHEW FINDS OUT HIS REAL FATHER LIVES IN LARRAME IS ALL NICE AND FOLKSY WITHOUT BEING GREAT.


    28. I did like the continuation of "An Unfinished Life". The characters are stong, although mostly depressing and sad. The author describes Wyoming beautifully, one feels as if they were right there. I preferred "Where Rivers Change Direction" over this one, but still, a good read, I couldn't put it down and actually looked forward to bedtime.


    29. An unnecessary sequel to An Unfinished Life. The plot never coalesces, though several characters are well-drawn, and at the end Spragg strains to braid together the disparate strands.Sometimes subtle and affecting, but there’s too little about the characters and too much about the noble landscapes and mindscapes of the vanishing West.


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