by Jack Schaefer

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Jack Schaefer’s Shane is a quick read, a snapshot into a season with the Starett family, homesteaders on the Wyoming frontier. Young Bob Starett acts as narrator, and recalls the brief time his family spent with a man named Shane. Shane is a mysterious man who wanders onto the homestead one day, and ends up changing the family’s lives in ways they never could have dreamed. The story is told beautifully, if not a bit dramatically, and is an entertaining jaunt into the western genre.

Shane is only the second western novel I have read, but I do work in the Western History/Genealogy department of Denver Public Library. If you want to learn more about homesteading, check out the WH/G collections ( and or ask your nearest librarian.

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