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A Sandhills Ballad

(2009)
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After her life as she knows it is ended by heartbreak, Mary Rasmussen, a strong-willed and independent young ranch woman living in the Sandhills of western Nebraska, suddenly feels that all she has believed in--God, her instincts, the land itself--has failed her, and she abandons her cultural and emotional ties, succumbing to circumstances she thinks she is powerless to control. In a rash decision, she marries a conservative, patriarchal preacher who doesn't understand Mary, the ranching community, or anything beyond his own beliefs.

"This is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its best, and Mary Rasmussen will live forever in your hearts as a young woman who faces enormous tests and survives in order to protect those she loves. Stubborn, determined, and loyal, Mary makes a life that requires both imagination and grit and you end up rooting for her every inch of the way.

Randolph is revisioning the American plains in this novel, telling the stories of the women who struggle side-by-side with men on their Sandhills ranches and in their small towns. These are people of great courage and even greater integrity, who love and lose and love again, as undaunted as their pioneer forebears in their efforts to make a life for themselves and future generations. . .

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Randolph writes truthfully of the Nebraska Sandhills, a harsh land that exacts a brutal price for those who choose to love it. Having lived there, one never truly leaves, as Mary Rasmussen discovers, it etches its beautiful scar on body and soul." - Jonis Agee

"With penetrating insight and solid authority on the rural West, Ladette Randolph has carved out a compelling saga of a young woman ripening into maturity. You cannot help but cheer for Mary Rasmussen. Randolph's work is tough, tender, and brave, a pitch-perfect take on the hard beauty of life on the Nebraska prairie." - Pamela Carter Joern


Used availability for Ladette Randolph's A Sandhills Ballad

Hardback Editions

April 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Sandhills Ballad
Author(s): Ladette Randolph
ISBN: 0-8263-4685-5 / 978-0-8263-4685-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Sandhills Ballad
Author(s): Ladette Randolph
ISBN: 0-8032-3630-1 / 978-0-8032-3630-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bison Books
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Sandhills Ballad
Author(s): Ladette Randolph
ISBN: 1-5226-0424-3 / 978-1-5226-0424-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Sandhills Ballad
Author(s): Ladette Randolph
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Sandhills Ballad
Author(s): Ladette Randolph
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Sandhills Ballad
Author(s): Ladette Randolph
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Sandhills Ballad
Author(s): Ladette Randolph
Publisher: Bison Books
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