Monday, March 30, 2009

The Daily Coyote

I just finished reading The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton.
It's a wonderful book with beautiful pictures and a heartfelt tale about finding life, finding love, and finding peace.

The author tells how she found herself drawn away from New York city to a new life in the little town of Ten Sleep, Wyoming - population 300.

She is given a days-old, orphaned coyote cub and told, "If you don't want to take care of it, or it gets to be a problem, let me know and I'll drown it in the water tank."

The author - who has sidestepped and is inexperienced with commitments involving the care of something other than herself, those that tie one down, and those which involve a change in one's own life - knows that this is a serious decision. The death of this creature, or the responsibility for it's life, will be placed upon her. And she doesn't make her decision, or take the resultant responsibilities lightly.

You will become involved in the author's life - her struggles to find balance while adjusting to her new surroundings, trying to make a living, tending a blossoming relationship with a neighboring cowboy, and raising a baby coyote along with her cat in a place that doesn't look favorably on coyotes.

It's an absolutely wonderful read, and the story doesn't end with the book. You can visit Shreve Stockton's websites, the old one: The Daily Coyote ; and the new one: The Daily Coyote. Both are full of Shreve Stockton's beautiful photography featuring Charlie, the coyote, and the deeply captivating Wyoming landscape.

6 comments:

adrienne said...

Every time I see pictures of Wyoming I have an urge to pack up and move. I doubt it would be the lifestyle for me, but it sure is beautiful.
That coyote's expression looks an awful lot like my dog's...kind of a "what's in this for me?" look.

Kim said...

I didn't know she'd finally had the book published. I love her blog, although haven't visited for a long time. I may have to look out for the book, thanks for featuring it :)

Kim x

ICQB said...

Hi adrienne!

It certainly is a beautiful-looking place. I would at least love to visit sometime (I think I've driven through a piece of it before - at night).

ICQB said...

Hi Kim!

I was completely ignorant of her blog until I read the book. I'll be a regular visitor now.

Q said...

Thank you for this review.
I shall put this one on my must read list.
I love the big skies of Wyoming. I have been to Yellowstone and could easily return....
Sherry

ICQB said...

Hi Sherry!

I don't think you'll be disappointed with this book - happy reading!