Spragg, Mark. An Unfinished Life, A Novel.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

SPRAGG, Mark. An unfinished life, a novel. Random House, Vintage. 257p. c2004. 1-4000-6514-5. $13.95. SA

This novel has been called a modern Western, but it is far more than that. When Jean, a 30-year-old widow with a l0-year-old daughter, Grif, is once again forced to leave a battering boyfriend, they set out to the only place they can go after their money runs out and their car breaks down--back to her husband's father's ranch. Her father-in-law still believes that Jean was responsible for the car crash that killed his son, but he slowly warms to the granddaughter he didn't know he had.

Grif, forever longing for a place to belong, finds solace in her quiet, reticent grandfather and his best friend Mitch, a black man he...

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