THE BREWERS’ BIG HORSES

by

Mildred Walker

With an Introduction

by

David Budbill

 

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Bison Books

University of Nebraska Press

1996

5.25 x 8, 441 pages

paperback

ISBN: 0-8032-9786-6

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Little Sara Bolster loved the great shining horses that drew the Henkel brewery wagon through the streets of Detroit in the 1880s. Those horses came to signify her fate, for she married the Henkel son and later, as a widow, took over the business. Sara’s struggle against the intolerance and hypocrisy of family and friends who disapproved of a woman running a brewery and opening a beer garden makes her a standout among the characters of Mildred Walker. The Brewers’ Big Horses recreates the manners and traditions of Germans in America as Prohibition gets up steam. Mildred Walker, chronicler of the modern American West and New England, is gaining new admirers with Bison Books reprints of such novels as Winter Wheat and The Southwest Corner.


 

 

[The Brewers’ Big Horses] has suspense and gripping interest. . . . The story is told quietly, with balance and realism and with the subtlety which is itself the effortless effect of restraint. The characters are drawn with few strokes, but increasingly they take on intimacy as well as significance in the reader’s mind. . . . Mildred Walker has drawn upon assimilated knowledge and searching individual thought, and the story has substance and vitality, convincing and unstrained.

 

The New York Times