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Snow, Ashes

A Novel
Alyson Hagy
Adams breathed through the thick weave of his pulse. Hobbs. Again. His return likely meant trouble. Care and trouble.

The uneasy friendship between Fremont Adams and C.D. Hobbs worked best when both men had a job to do, when they could fall into the rhythm of hard labor. Neglected by his mother at an early age, Hobbs found his way into the Adams family and took his fair share of chores on their Wyoming ranch. But everyone could tell he was always a bit odd, a bit off. As a result, Fremont resigned himself to watch out for Hobbs, who had the innocence and optimism that can only come from ignorance. During a grueling tour of Korea, however, Adams and Hobbs face unspeakable horrors and return to the ranch marked in dangerous ways.

Told in four parts—alternating between the Wyoming ranch and Korea—Hagy reveals the intricacies of a profound--if unacknowledged—friendship between two very different men. Snow, Ashes is a powerful exploration of survival and failure and how the most vulnerable among us can have a wisdom beyond measure.

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A gripping portrait of a long friendship that endures the hard life of Wyoming sheep ranching and the trenches of the Korean War.

About the Author

Alyson  Hagy
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Alyson Hagy was raised on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She is the author of eight works of fiction, most recently Scribe. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
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  • “Hagy writes prose so beautiful it begs to be read aloud.”—Booklist, starred review
  • “Hagy crafts first-rate prose—unsparingly raw and visceral with flashes of high lyricism—that carries the reader from the napalmed mountains of Korea to the vast pastures of the west.”—Publishers Weekly
  • "Hagy reveals much about the roles—both chosen and unchosen—that we assume and their often tragic consequences"—The Roanoke Times
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