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Riassunto: Based on a true story--one of Idaho's strangest murders (1917). Frieda lives by the laws of the wilderness in primitive isolation with her husband--until she finds something more important than raw survival. Suspense intensifies to the shocking conclusion, then resolves in deliverance. Set on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. "This is one of those rare gems... a small but powerful work. It captures the roughness of life and the people, and the awesome land in which they struggled... The writing is finely balanced, the tale both universal and yet specific to its time and place... up there with Conrad Richter's Sea of Grass." -Persia Woolley, author of The Guinevere Trilogy
Estratto. © Riprodotto con l'autorizzazione. Tutti i diritti riservati.: Frieda concentrated with all she had in the desperate hope that the mother elk would pick up on her silent warning.
Go. Lead your baby away -- now. Pleae, please go. Trying to hold the rifle steady on the rock, she couldn't stop her hands from shaking. The elk and her calf continued grazing on the patch of dry grass.
Jack leaned close to her ear and hissed through his teech, "Hold it still, goddammit." The river's clamor and splash covered the sound.
I'm tryin', Jack. I'm tryin'." She had watched the elk many times and knew this particular cow was a very attentive mother. The calf wasn't weaned yet.
Jack stayed at her ear. "Shoot the cow. Do it!"
My god, the calf'd starve. I can't . . . She squeezed her eyes shut and jerked her finger back on the trigger. The rifle's loud report sent the cow and calf bounding into the dark shadows of the trees. Frieda sagged with relief.
Snatching the rifle, Jack yanked her to her feet, grabbed her chin, and forced her to look him in the eye. "Happy, are ya? That much meat coulda fed us for a damn month!" He threw her chin aside.
"I know,Jack, I --"
The flat of his hand come out of the dark and stunned her with a slap that made her ears ring. Staggering to stay on her feet, she put a hand on her burning cheek.
"Life up here's a bitch, woman, and your soft little heart could starve us out. What's gonna happen if I break a leg, huh? Or come down real sick? You think you got it in you to take up the slack?"
He made that loud bark of disgust in his chest then yelled in her face. "WORTHLESS FEMALE!" The words echoed repeatedly off the canyon walls.
As always when he struck her, her insides quivered and she seemed to lose her ability to think. "I-Im sorry. I'll fix us a nice supper tonight."
"What's this 'us' shit, Frieda. You'll fix it good as you know how, then you can watch me eat. You don't deserve any!" He prodded her with the rifle barrel. "Now git on back home. Long as I'm out a' bed, I'll hunt up somethin' fer supper. Gonna be a bitch, now that every four-legged critter from her to Salmon City's hightailed it."
When she had gone some distance away from him, Frieda deeply breathed of sage and pine -- the clean freshness of these mountains. She began to think again. But with Jack up and about, she probably wouldn't have time to watch the sun come down the canyon wall, a morning ritual that she loved.
She returned to the foul smelling half-cave, half-cabin just long enough to start a fire in the makeshift stove, then took the bucket and walked down the path to the little eddy behind a boulder at the edge of the river. The warm old fleece-lined coat that she wore had belonged to Jack. It was loose fitting in the shoulders, which made the sleeves too long even though she was as tall as her husband. She pulled up the right sleeve to keep it from getting wet as she dipped her bucket into the river. A wet sleeve would freeze in an instant and be a nuisance. (chapter continues)
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