Clear Light Publishers is proud to present a special 50th Anniversary edition of John L. Sinclair’s classic novel In Time of Harvest, originally published in 1943.
Often compared to other American greats: Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and Caldwell’s Tobacco Road, John Sinclair’s timeless tale comes from a wellspring of personal experience and captures a unique portrait of the individualism that makes up our nation’s proud history. In Time of Harvest is flavored by an earthy wisdom and a sense sense of humor that could come only from someone like John Sinclair, who as a cowboy in the twenties and thirties lived on the New Mexico prairie and who knew intimately the homesteaders he portrays in this timeless and unforgettable novel. Rustic heroism in the face of tragedy, surprising comedy, and vivid storytelling make In Time of Harvest a classic.
Much like the now 90 year old author himself, the novel tells the story of people caught up in the American dream which was realized in the great southwest. The McClung clan sets out in 1919 to travel by mule from Oklahoma to the New Mexico territories. In a one-room shack on the wild prairie, the goal is deceptively simple: raise both beans and a family. Neither proves to be an easy task.
A former cowboy, author Sinclair’s own fascinating life is profiled in his memoirs, Home on the Range. He has spent the last 70 years living in New Mexico where he recently became the honored recipient of the “Governor’s Award of Excellence” for his writing which includes Cowboy Riding Country, Cousin Drewie and the Holy Twister, Death in the Claimshack, and New Mexico: The Shining Land, two hundred magazine articles, a new short story collection, essays about the Upper Sonoran Desert, and other works. In Time of Harvest is the book upon which John Sinclair founded his justly-deserved fame.
A limited edition of 200 slip-cased and signed books is available for $150