On Sale: April 1, 2008
Featuring: Hewey Calloway; Spring Renfro
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â€śThe Smiling Country is about a footloose puncher who finds
out the hard way that cowboys don't remain young forever and
that the inevitable wear and tear of a rugged life forces
changes and compromises on the willing and unwilling
alike.â€ťâ€” Elmer Kelton
Hewey Calloway did not know how old he was without stopping
to figure, and that distracted his attention from matters of
Elmer Kelton introduced Texas cowboy Hewey Calloway, one of
the most beloved characters in Western fiction, almost
thirty years ago in The Good Old Boys. The novel was
transformed into a memorable 1995 TV film starring Tommy Lee
Jones and Sissy Spacek.
Hewey returns in The Smiling Country.Â It is 1910 and his
freewheeling life is coming to an endâ€”the fences, trucks,
and automobiles he hates are creeping in even to remote
Alpine, in the â€śsmiling countryâ€ť of West Texas. When he is
badly injured trying to break a renegade horse, Hewey sees
the loneliness that awaits him, and regrets his decision to
run away from the only woman he has ever loved, the
schoolteacher Spring Renfro.Â
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