I liked this better than anything Martha Ostenso has done since Wild. Once again her locals is a familiar one -- Minnesota -- and the main focus of a three generation story is on the pioneer days, when it was still uncertain where the railroad would come through, where settlements would grow up. It is a story of two families, -- the Vinges (who became the Wings), Norwegian F.F.M.'s, and the Shaleens, who had a great deal more fun in life, but got nowhere. It is a story of recurrent romance, recurrently blighted. It is a story of one woman, Magdali, able, ambitious, ruthless in getting her own way -- and of the lives she wrecked. It is a story of her gentle husband, Ivar, of her children and her children's children. The feel of the country is there -- and the feel, too, of the driving force of growth.