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LARRY BJORNSON. Wide Open

WideOpenLARRY BJORNSON. Wide Open. Berkley. Trade Paperback, $15, www.us.penguingroup.com.

This book is about change: changing times, changing relationships and, most of all, the change that comes with growing up. Set in Abilene, Kansas, the novel begins in the cowtown’s “wide open” era when arriving herds of Texas cattle and the cowboys who got them there bring purpose and prosperity to the city. The period detail and authenticity of Wide Open contribute to an engaging and enjoyable story that’s unusual, if not unique, among countless novels of the trail-driving days.