In Napoleon, North Dakota, the winters are long and cold. The summers are short and hot and, for farm kids, hard. Debra Marquart grew up on a third generation family farm outside Napoleon - steering the tractor from the time she was five, wrestling with boys in the endless wheat fields, dreaming of escape.
Now, Marquart has written a beautiful memoir called "The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle Of Nowhere." It's about farm girls and farm boys and a father caught in a passionate, devastating affair with the family land. It's about breaking away from the work of generations, and looking back with a torn heart.
Hear a conversation with Debra Marquart about the Great Plains, the Horizontal World, and growing up wild.
Debra Marquart, author of "The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere."
This program aired on August 8, 2006.