Agent: Janet Silver
Ladette Randolph is the author of the novels A Sandhills Ballad (University of New Mexico Press) and Haven's Wake (University of Nebraska Press), the short story collection This Is Not the Tropics (University of Wisconsin Press), and the memoir Leaving the Pink House (University of Iowa Press). A recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award, she is also the editor of Ploughshares magazine and a faculty member at Emerson College.
A Sandhills Ballad
By Ladette Randolph | University of New Mexico Press, 2009
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.