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A Man Had Tall Sons

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Title:A Man Had Tall Sons
Ostenso, Martha   
(13 of 28 for author by title)
The Mandrake Root
The Mad Carews
Published:   1958
Publisher:Dodd, Mead & Company
Tags:Canadiana, fiction

For more than twenty-five years Luke Darr had been married to a cold, domineering woman who had ignored him and taken over his sons—John the realist, Matt the reckless, and sensitive Mark. Now she is dead and Luke has married young Bess Valentine and brought her back to what for the first time he feels is truly his own house and farm. Luke imagines that his marriage will make him a new man—he will have children that are truly his and for the greater glory of God (and Luke) he will build the town a new church. But Luke is forced to become a new man by methods not of his own choosing—the alienation of his wife and sons and Mark’s suicide lead him to a true understanding of himself and an acceptance of God.—Kirkus Reviews. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Ostenso, Martha

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Martha Ostenso (1900-1963) was an American author and screenwriter. Born in Norway, her family emigrated to Manitoba, but eventually settled in the U.S. Midwest. She studied at the University of Manitoba where she met another author, Douglas Durkin whom she married in 1945. They moved to New York where she continued her studies at Columbia University. Ostenso is best known for her critically acclaimed first novel, "Wild Geese". The book is set in rural Manitoba and is known as a landmark work in the new field of literary 'realism'. She adapted the book into a movie which was released in 1927. Ostenso published about a dozen more novels but none achieved as much notoriety as her debut work. (Canadian Encyclopedia, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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