Always the Land

Diane Haugen 1346026504251


Early 20th Century

Diane Haugen

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This book tells a story of my uncle, Dale Goldsmith, and his lifelong relationship to a land that many see as worthless. The short grass prairie is a vast sea of what looks to outsiders to be decidedly empty space. For those who love this land, however, there is much to “see.” That seeing, though, takes a careful eye, a quiet introspection, a strength to look within and see the common thread that ties us all to the landscape without.



Short Summary

After my uncle Dale’s death, I returned to the farm where I’d spent many summers in order to sort through his possessions. The sheer volume of historical artifacts I found was staggering and told a remarkable story of survival.

Land in spirit untamable, in essence unnamable, beyond the comprehension of counters of officially significant things. In spirit, transcending everyday life, becoming an overarching vastness finding an outward and powerful expression in a magnificant land of little worldly significance.


Central North Dakota

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Dale

Age: 80

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Selfless, Uneducated, Complex, Faithful, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Milton

Age: 86

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Honorable, Adventurous, Modest, Religious

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning

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Hard Copy Available



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