Big Springs: Where the River Begins

Category: Literary Fiction

Author: Mark Hurst


  • Publisher: BookWise Publishing
  • Publication Date: June 18, 2021
  • Page Count: 360
  • ISBN-10: 1606452800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606452806
  • ASIN: B097M28WP7

Trippy’s sheep raising and fleecing business is threatened when The Great Depression hits his town. Troubling as it might be, he finds solace in Big Springs when a young woman steals his heart and offers him new beginnings and clarity in life. In the middle of the mountains of the Yellowstone/Teton wilderness, Trippy, along with his mentor, Creighton Hurst, decided to build a business together that would revive the dying world of fleecing and raising sheep. With a high demand for wool, which was increasing with each passing day, their business was bound to keep thousands of sheep to meet the accelerated demands of the market to boost production levels. However, their flourishing business would soon face tough times and hardships, courtesy of the upcoming great depression. Finding love in such circumstances is poetic, something only seen in fiction stories, but as Trippy falls in love with a young woman, Big Springs soon turns into a place for new beginnings and clarity for him. Will love become the ultimate thing that pulls him out of testing times and give him the resilience and strength to carry on?

Big Springs by Mark Hurst touches upon several human qualities including love, loss, tragedy, determination, perseverance, and redemption. The author has brought to life a story of The Great Depression set in the caldera of an ancient volcano, which buried thousands of acres in burning lava millions of years ago. The strength and resilience portrayed by the characters are enlightening, to say the least. Mark Hurst creates beautiful characters and explores the human spirit through them; the prose is crisp and the setting is a world that is beautifully imagined and stunningly written, with strong echoes of history and imagery that is stuck in the reader’s imagination.

Reviewed by David Reyes Review Date: June 19, 2022

Category: Literary Fiction


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