The Yellow Field
by Peter Edward Burg
The cantankerous and contemplative main character, Clem Everett, living out his later years on a rural plot of land in the Wet Mountains of Colorado, finds the chickens of his life coming home to roost as he is faced with the bills piling up, a mounting sense of loneliness, estrangement from society and the way it has moved on, regrets about lost love, and a mounting dread over his increasing inability to connect the dots that no longer seem to be lining up. This novel is a character study of a man every bit as endangered and fragile and beautifully complex as the contemporary American Southwest he inhabits.
Peter Edward Burg is a writer of prose, poetry, songs, plays, and is a musician. He was raised in Southern California. A graduate of University of Colorado at Pueblo and resides in Rye, Colorado.
"In The Yellow Field, the main character, Clem, yields a mental and physical landscape beautifully, which Burg renders to the reader in prose and prose-poetry. The philosophical and practical are combined in a language that is both colloquial and complex. The metaphysical is laid out in simple yet universal language. The attention to detail is superb. Clem, the dogs, the horse, neighbors, towns-people and his lost love Rainey form a universe, summed up by The Yellow Field. This novel is brilliantly written, with an ending that is gripping, riveting, and beautifully written. The ideas of time and space, shadow and light, fate and will, heaven and hell are handled with rare genius. The essence of the book is the sense of wonder, history, landscape, and spirituality that is embedded in Clem. At the same time, there is a sense of Clem as a tragic figure, constantly flirting with survival."
— Tony Moffeit