Farm life in southern Wisconsin -- 1913-1914. The market is presumably that of State Fair, rather than of As The Earth Turns, and of Once A Wilderness. Robust tale, but not wholly of the earth earthy. It is the story first of the old man, Stud Brailsford, who saw all life in terms of his 350 acres; then of his wife Sarah, who was wiser than she let anyone know; and finally of Early Ann, who modelled herself on understanding how Sarah managed Stud. The days immediately before the war, with the minutiae of detail of life in which high riding Model Ts, mail order catalogues, and the changing seasons -- and a brooding over all of the war to come. Extremely well written. But there's competition in the field.