The Osage Orange Tree
A Story by William StaffordA powerful story of young love by one of America's most beloved poets
The Osage Orange Tree, a never-before-published story by beloved poet William Stafford, is about young love complicated by misunderstanding and the insecurity of adolescence, set against the backdrop of poverty brought on by the Great Depression. The narrator recalls a girl he once knew. He and Evangeline, both shy, never ...
In the tradition of the work of great fiction writers like Steinbeck, O’Connor, and Welty, The Osage Orange Tree stands the test of time, not just as an ode to a place and a generation but as a testament to the resilience of a nation and the strength of the human heart.
“This shy paperboy meets a girl who wears a faded blue dress, and they strike up a tentative friendship that lasts through the school year. There's a twist, O. Henry on the Prairie, and the story ends the way it had to. The writing is clean, the emotion is earned, and it's too bad Stafford didn't try more fiction on a few more of those early morning writing sessions.”— The Portland Oregonian