The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller
He was just an ordinary kid growing up in Wyoming. His interests were typical — horses, trucks, hunting, hanging out with friends. He lived his life full out, impulsively and without slowing down. His motto was mind over matter – “if I don’t mind it doesn’t matter” and his attitude was all about “cowboying up”. And yet, he touched those around him with his purity of spirit and love of his family and friends. His father and grandfather had both worked in the oil fields and in part because he most wanted to become exactly like his father, Colton went to work there, too. And it was there he died at 26 due in part to the reluctance of the drilling company to spend money for required safety equipment.
Fuller, who is best know for her memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, has written this beautiful and sad true story about the real modern day west. Her portrayal of Colton is moving and gripping. Her ability to tell his story leaves the reader moved and as heartbroken as if Colton were your own loved one. 15.00 Penguin