Donald McCaig - Author

About the Author

Donald McCaig is the award-winning author of Canaan as well as Jacob's Ladder. He was chosen by the Margaret Mitchell estate to write Rhett Butler's People, an authorized sequel to Gone with the Wind. He lives on a sheep farm in the mountains near Williamsville, Virginia, where he writes fiction, essays, and poetry, and trains and trials sheep dogs.

Featured books by Donald McCaig

Ruth's Journey

Ruth's Journey

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Set against the backdrop of the American South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, this is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will - and a tale that will forever illuminate the reading of Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind. On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor: an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French emigres, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah. What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth's life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange's daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O'Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O'Hara-the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth.

Other books by Donald McCaig

Milestone Moods and Memories Poems and Songs

Milestone Moods and Memories Poems and Songs

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/05/2018

Ruth's Journey

Ruth's Journey

Author: Donald McCaig Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2014

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butlers People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literatures greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.Her story began with a miracle. On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivoran infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French migrs, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah. What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruths life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solanges daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald OHara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett OHarathe irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days. Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable willand a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchells unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.

Mr. and Mrs. Dog Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Mr. and Mrs. Dog Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/01/2014

The New York Times-bestselling author Donald McCaig has established an expansive literary career, founded equally on books about working sheepdogs and the Civil War novels Jacob's Ladder and Rhett Butler's People, the official sequel to Gone with the Wind. In his new book, Mr. and Mrs. Dog, McCaig draws on twenty-five years of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his-and his dogs June and Luke's-unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales. McCaig engagingly chronicles the often gruelling experience-through rain, snow, ice storms, and brain-numbing heat-of preparing and trialling Mrs. Dog, June, a foxy lady in a slinky black-and-white peignoir, and Mr. Dog, Luke, a plain worker-no flash to him. Along the way, he relays sage advice from his decades spent talking with America's most renowned dog experts, from police-dog trainers to positive-training gurus. As readers of McCaig's novels will expect, Mr. and Mrs. Dog delivers far more than straightforward dog-training tips. Revealing an abiding love and respect for his dogs, McCaig unveils the life experiences that set him on the long road to the Welsh trial fields. Starting with memories of his first dog, Rascal, and their Montana roadtrip in a '48 Dodge, McCaig leads us into his thirties, when he abandons his New York advertising career to move to a run-down Appalachian sheep farm in the least populous county in Virginia. This 1960s agrarian adventure ultimately brings McCaig, Luke, and June to the Olympics of sheepdog trials. In his narration of one man's love for his dogs, McCaig offers a powerful portrayal of the connection between humans and their animal companions.

Rhett Butler's People

Rhett Butler's People

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

This astonishing novel that parallels the great American classic novel, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, has been twelve years in the making. Now, the most beloved and most widely-read saga of the American Civil War is retold from the point of view of its unrivalled hero, the dashing and enigmatic scion of the South, Rhett Butler. See what Rhett is really thinking as he sits in the armchair listening to Scarlett declare her love for Ashley. Find out what happened on the other side of the cupboard, where Melanie was hiding. Discover the truth of Rhett's relationship with Belle Watling... Brought to vivid and authentic life by the hand of a master, RHETT BUTLER'S PEOPLE fulfills the dreams of countless millions whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Gone With the Wind. ' 'Rhett Butler's People covers the period from 1843 to 1874, nearly two decades more than are chronicled in 'Gone With the Wind'. Readers will . . . get inside Rhett's head as he meets and courts Scarlett O'Hara in one of the most famous love affairs of all time.' The New York Times

Mr. and Mrs. Dog

Mr. and Mrs. Dog

Author: Donald McCaig Format: eBook Release Date: 15/04/2013

The New York Times-bestselling author Donald McCaig has established an expansive literary career, founded equally on books about working sheepdogs and the Civil War novels Jacob's Ladder and Rhett Butler's People, the official sequel to Gone with the Wind. In his new book, Mr. and Mrs. Dog, McCaig draws on twenty-five years of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his-and his dogs June and Luke's-unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales. McCaig engagingly chronicles the often grueling experience-through rain, snow, ice storms, and brain-numbing heat-of preparing and trialing Mrs. Dog, June, "e;a foxy lady in a slinky black-and-white peignoir,"e; and Mr. Dog, Luke, "e;a plain worker-no flash to him."e; Along the way, he relays sage advice from his decades spent talking with America's most renowned dog experts, from police-dog trainers to positive-training gurus. As readers of McCaig's novels will expect, Mr. and Mrs. Dog delivers far more than straightforward dog-training tips. Revealing an abiding love and respect for his dogs, McCaig unveils the life experiences that set him on the long road to the Welsh trial fields. Starting with memories of his first dog, Rascal, and their Montana roadtrip in a '48 Dodge, McCaig leads us into his thirties, when he abandons his New York advertising career to move to a run-down Appalachian sheep farm in the least populous county in Virginia. This 1960s agrarian adventure ultimately brings McCaig, Luke, and June to the Olympics of sheepdog trials. In his narration of one man's love for his dogs, McCaig offers a powerful portrayal of the connection between humans and their animal companions.

Mr. and Mrs. Dog Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Mr. and Mrs. Dog Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2013

The New York Times-bestselling author Donald McCaig has established an expansive literary career, founded equally on books on working sheepdogs and the Civil War novels Jacob's Ladder and Rhett Butler's People, the official sequel to Gone with the Wind.In his new book,Mr. and Mrs. Dog, McCaig draws on twenty-five years of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his-and his dogs June and Luke's-unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales.McCaig engagingly chronicles the often gruelling experience-through rain, snow, ice storms, and brain-numbing heat- preparing and trialling Mrs. Dog June, a foxy lady in a slinky black-and-white peignoir, and Mr. Dog Luke, a plain worker-no flash to him. Along the way, he relays sage advice from his decades spent talking with America's most renowned dog experts, from police-dog trainers to positive-training gurus.As readers of McCaig's novels will expect, Mr. and Mrs. Dog delivers far more than straightforward dog-training tips. Revealing an abiding love and respect for his dogs, McCaig unveils the life experiences that set him on the long road to the Welsh trial fields. Starting with memories of his first dog, Rascal, and their Montana roadtrip in a '48 Dodge, McCaig leads us into his thirties, when he abandons his New York advertising career to move to a run-down Appalachian sheep farm in the least populous county in Virginia. This 1960s agrarian adventure ultimately brings McCaig, Luke, and June to the Olympics of sheepdog trials. In his narration of one man's love for his dogs, McCaig offers a powerful portrayal of the connection between humans and their animal companions.

Milestone Moods and Memories Poems and Songs

Milestone Moods and Memories Poems and Songs

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2009

Milestone Moods and Memories Poems and Songs

Milestone Moods and Memories Poems and Songs

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2009

Milestone Moods and Memories Poems and Songs

Milestone Moods and Memories Poems and Songs

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/09/2009

Rhett Butler's People

Rhett Butler's People

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2007

This astonishing novel that parallels the great American classic novel, Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, has been twelve years in the making. Now, the most beloved and most widely-read saga of the American Civil War is retold from the point of view of its unrivalled hero, the dashing and enigmatic scion of the South, Rhett Butler. See what Rhett is really thinking as he sits in the armchair listening to Scarlett declare her love for Ashley. Find out what happened on the other side of the cupboard, where Melanie was hiding. Discover the truth of Rhett's relationship with Belle Watling... Brought to vivid and authentic life by the hand of a master, RHETT BUTLER'S PEOPLE fulfills the dreams of countless millions whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Gone With the Wind. ' 'Rhett Butler's People covers the period from 1843 to 1874, nearly two decades more than are chronicled in 'Gone With the Wind'. Readers will . . . get inside Rhett's head as he meets and courts Scarlett O'Hara in one of the most famous love affairs of all time.' The New York Times

Rhett Butler's People

Rhett Butler's People

Author: Donald McCaig Format: eBook Release Date: 06/11/2007

Fully authorized by the Margaret Mitchell estate, Rhett Butler's People is the astonishing and long-awaited novel that parallels the Great American Novel, Gone With The Wind. Twelve years in the making, the publication of Rhett Butler's People marks a major and historic cultural event.Through the storytelling mastery of award-winning writer Donald McCaig, the life and times of the dashing Rhett Butler unfolds. Through Rhett's eyes we meet the people who shaped his larger than life personality as it sprang from Margaret Mitchell's unforgettable pages: Langston Butler, Rhett's unyielding father; Rosemary his steadfast sister; Tunis Bonneau, Rhett's best friend and a onetime slave; Belle Watling, the woman for whom Rhett cared long before he met Scarlett O'Hara at Twelve Oaks Plantation, on the fateful eve of the Civil War. Of course there is Scarlett. Katie Scarlett O'Hara, the headstrong, passionate woman whose life is inextricably entwined with Rhett's: more like him than she cares to admit; more in love with him than she'll ever know...Brought to vivid and authentic life by the hand of a master, Rhett Butler's People fulfills the dreams of those whose imaginations have been indelibly marked by Gone With The Wind.

Nop's Hope A Novel by the Author of Nop's Trials

Nop's Hope A Novel by the Author of Nop's Trials

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2007

The sequel to Nop's Trials, about a woman and her remarkable border collie.

Nop's Trials A Novel

Nop's Trials A Novel

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2007

Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men Searching Through Scotland for a Border Collie

Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men Searching Through Scotland for a Border Collie

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2007

The engaging account of the author's search for a trained border collie in Scotland, to bring back to his farm in Virginia. McCaig delves into the mysterious pact between dog and man, which involves trust and deep communication. Traveling from town to town, to competitions and farms, meeting shepherds and trainers, McCaig introduces us to unforgettable animal and human characters.

A Useful Dog

A Useful Dog

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2007

Alternately comical, melancholic, pragmatic, and poetic, Donald McCaig's collection A Useful Dog offers a delightful exploration of the simple yet rich relationship between dogs and humans. Having cast aside urban life in the 1970s in favor of working and living on a sheep farm in Virginia, McCaig has spent the past three decades raising working sheepdogs and writing about his experiences with them. A Useful Dog comprises a selection of short pieces - vintage McCaig - that reveal not only the ins and outs of sheepdog work and trials but also the joy and devotion that dogs bring to our daily lives. For any dog enthusiast, this little book will prove a telling reminder of why the dog became known as man's best friend.

An American Homeplace

An American Homeplace

Author: Donald McCaig Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/1997

On a September day in 1971, Donald McCaig and his wife, Anne, arrived at their new home, an abandoned farm in the least populated county in eastern America. Over the next twenty years they learned - one challenging day at a time - how to raise sheep and grow enough food for themselves and their stock. The story of the McCaigs' farm, from the time it was first cultivated in the eighteenth century to the McCaigs' struggle to keep it productive today, is at the heart of An American Homeplace. Amplifying that personal account are the voices of farmers, storekeepers, horse breeders, mechanics, and other country people. McCaig writes wonderfully about his working dogs, the animals he raises, and the wild animals he encounters; the seasons of the farmer's year; the ways of rural society; the ageless challenges of agriculture; and the modern dangers of agribusiness. This is the history of the American family farm, an institution built on personal honesty, trust in one's neighbors, and optimism about the future. An American Homeplace is a wise and powerful report on a part of America that is struggling - often ingeniously - to survive.

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