SKYO by Martha Hardy


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This amiable continuation of Tatoosh (Macmillan, 1946) pictures the ""schoolmarm's"" search for home roots -- and the results. Abandoning the little cottage on the Cowlitz, in the Washington Cascades, because of the flood dangers, she is, not too gently, urged, pushed and shoved into buying the Paterson place, after a harried flurry in raising the money. Through weekends and a summer, she learns to know the unpredictable torments of Skyo (skunk), her mountain neighbor, who lives up to his legendary Indian reputation. In comfortable, self-critical, accounting, she tells of becoming a part of the community, of the kindness, helpfulness and friendliness of the people of Packwood, of the ban of tourists and picnickers, of the acquisition of a dog, a rat, but not a fire extinguisher, of alarums and excursions in having her timber cut, logging, and forest fires. There is an important decision to make about a new job -- and it is Skyo who guides her. A faithful and fond record of regional life that will appeal to the readers of her earlier book.

Publisher: Superior