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Nop's Hope: A Novel by [Donald McCaig]

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McCaig's earlier novel, Nop's Trials (1992), about "the finest sheepdog in America," was a big success. Hope is a border collie "out of Nop by Kate." Lewis Burkholder, the Virginia farmer who owns Nop, gives young Hope to his daughter Penny when her husband and child are killed; Penny and Hope take to the road. They spend a few months in Texas, helping a rancher named Owen Wright with his lambing. Then they follow the sheepdog circuit, where they take up with Ransome Barlow and his prizewinning dog, Bute. But Penny can't find comfort with either man, or with her parents; the only solace comes from Hope, whom she is turning into a winner. Missing Penny, not understanding why she's left home, Lewis and his wife, Beverly, return to the circuit themselves, traveling across country in their motor home and entering Nop in a few more trials, though he's gotten too old for this kind of thing. This is a heartwarming story--heartwarming but never sentimental. McCaig does well at expressing human emotions, but he does even better writing about the bonds between humans and their dogs. The dogs are characters themselves, with their own language, wisdom, and culture. Mary Ellen Quinn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This finely written sequel to McCaig's popular Nop's Trials (1984) follows Penny Burkeholder and her unique Border Collie, Nop's offering, Hope. Fans of Nop will find him again, this time growing old with wisdom. McCaig takes us into the beautifully realized psyche of Penny as she comes to terms with a deep tragedy. After Penny's husband and daughter are killed in a truck accident, she leaves her rural home and takes to the road. Her parents, Beverly and Lewis, are left behind and hurt. Throughout, McCaig's descriptions are starkly evocative: ``The tamales were good but they were greasy and Penny was dabbing her lips with a paper napkin when they drove into the barnyard; there wasn't much to it; barn, corral, couple pickups, gas tank, tiny trailer and a cowboy chasing a sheep and never catching it.'' Ironically, Hope is never as fully realized a character as McCaig's humans, though he does provide comfort and inspiration for Penny, sometimes in the form of spoken words. Somehow, Hope's talking is convincing and never seems like a gimmick. When Penny throws in her lot with Ransome Barlow, ``a gangly tanned so dark it was sun dried,'' she starts to imagine Hope a winner in the sheepdog trials. Soon he begins winning. Ransome is in love with Penny, but it takes her a while to realize his devotion. Only when Hope rebels and will no longer perform as a winner is Penny able to grieve for her daughter and husband; only then can she give up the road to find her way back to human connections. McCaig is a marvelous writer. His landscapes, whether of the Mississippi Delta, the truck stops along the highway, the life of the American West, or the human heart, are vivid and true. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00L8FBDCU
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Open Road Media; 1st edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 15, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2706 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 195 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 32 ratings

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