Kelton, Elmer

Author: Elmer Kelton
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press; 1St Edition edition
ISBN: 978-0875653280
Copyright: March 16, 2016
Pages: 272

In the 1978 novel, The Good Old Boys, Hewey Calloway could not abandon the footloose cowboy way of life and settle down to farming, even for Spring Renfro, the woman he loved. Twenty years later, in this sequel, Elmer Kelton brought Hewey back, older, wiser, and badly banged up trying to break a renegade bronc. His wandering days are over, because of his injuries, because of fences that cut up the range, because of trucks and automobiles. But, how will Hewey handle the new circumstances of his life? And how will Spring react to his return? Readers who fell in love with Hewey will delight in seeing him back and following his new and different adventures.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Hewey Calloway, an aging cowhand in 1910 Texas, doesn't like what he sees around him: automobiles are replacing buckboards, trucks are replacing mules, and--worst of all--his boss wants him to stop busting broncs. When nephew Tommy runs away from home and winds up on Hewey's crew at the Circle W, events are set in motion that will alter Hewey's life in ways he never expected. First, he runs into Spring Renfro, the schoolteacher he loved but gave up for the freedom of the range. Second, he runs into trouble with a new foreman at the Circle W and then gets busted up by a mean ol' bronc. His injuries take him back to Tommy's parents' home to recuperate, and suddenly it seems Miss Renfro may be more receptive to courtship than he first thought. Calloway first appeared in Kelton's Good Old Boys (1978), which was made into a fine movie with Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spacek. Kelton is a genuine craftsman with an ear for dialogue and, more importantly, an understanding of the human heart. Calloway is one of the most memorable characters in recent western fiction, even though he doesn't carry a gun and would probably run away from a bad guy. But his heart is as big as the open range, and it's ever so easy to root for his happiness. An exceptional sequel. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Western storyteller Kelton (Cloudy in the West, 1997, etc.) returns for his fortieth-plus novel, a sequel to 1978's The Good Old Boys that again features hang-loose Hewey Calloway, circa 1910, as his lovable old Smiling Country of West Texas fades into the automobile age. We first meet Hewey chasing a longhorn bull on the loose, an animal that symbolizes the breed of overmuscled, hardscrabble beasts soon to be phased out of beef production. In these animals, Hewey glimpses his own fate, as he herds his steers into pens at Alpine, Texas, for shipping by rail to Kansas City. When his boss, Old Man Jenkins, buys the Circle W outfit and asks Hewey to run it for him, Hewey at first passes up the promotion, not wanting to give orders and preferring to work for wages as a top hand. But after feeling some regrets about never having married Miss Spring Renfro and never having quite made his mark on the country, he accepts the Circle W job and its hundred square miles of wonderful smiling pasture. Hewey also takes his very young nephew Tommy under his wing when the boy joins the crew and learns to bust broncs. Hewey believes that he himself is still up to stomping some outlaw, extra-wild, fairly insane broncsbut when he does, he winds up with a broken arm, ribs, knee, and internal injuries. Still, he wont surrender to trucks and automobiles, although eventually he gets around to struggling into and out of a passenger seat. By then even the sheepherders have moved in. The town livery stable may turn into a garage. . . . And just watching a bronc being busted gives Hewey a chill. Well, maybe he'll ask for Spring Renfros hand (again). Old-timey dialogue, newly minted, rhetorical stretchers, and whopping good humor right out of Twain. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Kelton is a genuine craftsman with an ear for dialogue and, more importantly, an understanding of the human heart." --"Booklist ""The Smiling Country is a superb Kelton--a warm, nonviolent tale with captivating characters, a sweet love story, the flavor of a better time that has sadly passed." --"Rocky Mountain News "You can never go wrong if you want to read a good story with realistic characters and you pick up a title by Elmer Kelton. In the case of his newest book, "The Smiling Country, the guarantee is as good as gold....Kelton's characters jump off the page, they are so real. This is another fine title from the man named the Greatest Western Writer of All Time in a 1995 survey by the Western Writers of America." --"America Cowboy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Author: Elmer Kelton
Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition
ISBN: 978-0765360588
Copyright: March 1, 2000
Pages: 256