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Nevada sheep rancher Sabine Eckleberry s life is in shambles. His wife has decamped to Arizona to run a dog-grooming business; his youngest daughter needs a husband; his irrepressible son VJ wants to turn the ranch into an ostrich-breeding operation; and the wild burros he has adopted to guard his sheep can t get along with their charges. Now his family and friends are about to descend on the ranch to celebrate Sabine s seventy-second birthday. The ranch is soon a chaos of budding and blighted romances, mistaken identities, rampaging poodles, runaway sheep, schemes of seduction and sudden wealth, and a newly hatched ostrich chick in search of love. Novelist Michael A. Thomas has created a cast of memorable human characters, a supporting cast of realistic animal personalities, and a colorful setting in Nevada s rangeland. His keen ear for dialogue and his perfect timing support a plot as complicated and satisfying as a Shakespearean comedy."
Michael A. Thomasreceived his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington. Thomas co-directs the University of New Mexico's University Honors Program's Conexiones summer institute. He lives on a small farm in Socorro, New Mexico, with his wife, daughter, and an assortment of animals."
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