The Horseman's Graves

The Horseman's Graves

Book - 2007
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The Schoffs, who are German immigrants living in a community on the Saskatchewan-Alberta border, are devastated by the farm accident that has scarred their only son. Meanwhile, Lathias, the Métis farmhand, becomes guardian to the boy and both boys are ultimately drawn to the mysterious Elisabeth.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2007
ISBN: 9780002008365
Branch Call Number: FIC Baker
Characteristics: 432 p


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Cdnbookworm Apr 20, 2011

This novel is set in the rural area of the Sand Hills on the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta. Most of the members of the community are Russian-German and the church is a part of their lives, but farming is what their lives are about. Some of the community has brought prejudices and myths from the old country and that determines how they feel about some of their neighbours.
The Krauss family is one that was known as being mean in the old country and retains that designation in their new home. Their nearest neighbours, the Schoffs, were at first patient, but had less and less to do with the Krauss's as time went on. By the time the next generation had taken over the farms, they didn't talk to each unless necessary. When tragedy visits the Schoffs, culminating in the terrible accident marking their son, the Schoffs withdraw further from the community. The Schoff's hired hand, Lathias, becomes unofficial guardian of the boy, telling him the myths of the new land, and watching out for his welfare. When a young woman, Elizabeth, joins the Krauss household both Lathias and the boy are drawn to her and the three spend time together until another tragedy occurs, this time to Elizabeth. This destructs the Schoff's even further and affects the community as a whole.
A fascinating tale, with strong and deep characters marked by their surroundings.

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