In a series of connect short stories and vignettes, Joe Henry invites us into the lives and times of a family living in Montana (I think--throughout most of the collection it sounded as though they were perched out on the vestibule to the 9th circle of Hell).
There is some gorgeous langauge--some interesting juxtapositions, and a really deft handling of all of the novelistic elements. However, I found that at times I just didn't get it. In a couple of cases it was all about horses and the man-horse link which I lack entirely. In another case it was some confusion over a high-school football game.
So while there is much to savor here and those closer to nature will probably get more out of it, I have to admit that at times I was stymied by the subject matter.
Nevertheless, highly recommended for those who want to read something that is at times exquisitely beautiful.