During the Great Depression, three lost souls meet one another at Boulder Dam, a massive engineering project in the midst of the Nevada desert. Each is drawn there for a different reason, but they have all been haunted by tragedy. The transformation of nature mirrors the changes in their lives.
Three main characters (with a plethora of secondary characters you'll find nearly impossible to keep track of) are offered up in "now and then" vignettes covering the entire span of their lives as they make their way through the Great Depression to the teeming masses seeking work at the new Hoover Dam. I struggled a bit from the beginning to find a good reason to finish this book. . . it became tedious as not only the obscure events from each characters' lives were detailed, but also the flora and fauna of the long, long, long drive west. Guidall's narrative was the main reason I bought this one and he was flawless as always. But the story and its' people just never caught my interest to a degree that it should have. An okay listen due to Guidall's masterful work, but certainly not a great story from my view.
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