Lydia Bennett Sanderson is a hardship-honed widow homesteading in the backcountry of Oregon in 1895. Her neighbors are few: Tim and Blue are trying to make a go of it on their small hardscrabble ranch. Evelyn Walker is a young, lonely wife rearing her children in daunting isolation. And a trio of rootless cowboys have taken up squatters rights in the mountains, their only income the bounty from poisoned wolves. While Lydia toils into the summer, building fence, digging ditches, repairing her sorry little homestead cabin, Tim and Blue engage in a deadly spoilers game with the wolvers. As the months pass, there is good and ill fortune, the exchange of fair-and-square favors, and a long road back from trial and grief.
“A powerful novel of struggle and loss.” —Dallas Morning News
“A rare treat to find characters we can care about this much.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“A classic of its kind.” —Los Angeles Times
The Jump-Off Creek was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award and the Oregon Book Award.