Fuller’s highly descriptive stories read like fiction but are based on fact. Fuller created dialogue and omitted some personality traits to make the storyline of a compelling book. Colton, a young man with limited skills, wants nothing more than to live in the natural surroundings of Wyoming and support his family. He has some challenges growing up and says often, “Mind over matter, I don’t mind, so it don’t matter.” Colton grew up in the 1980s and always wanted to be a rig worker like his stoic, calm, nature-loving dad. He earns “easy” money working as a “rig rat” on the oil fields, and we learn about the impact of the oil industry on his life and the cost to the state and country. Colton’s story is of lack of chances and fast money as he attempts to balance his love for life, nature and our need for oil.
If you have never read any Alexandra Fuller...run don't walk to your nearest library or bookseller.
I started with Scribbling the Cat...and became an instant fan. What a story-teller...and what a great writer.
This book was heart-breaking- Colton is the goofy but good kid you knew down the block. Fuller really gets into his character. Her prose is effortless and original.A true story....
you can feel the trajectory of Colton's life pulsing along....his innate goodness that eventually collides with the amoral force of his employer. Will leave you in tears but alot wiser.
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