Short Stories

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The Kean Land and Other Stories

Jack Schaefer

The classic Western short stories in this Jack Schaefer collection explore the changing and often challenging truths found throughout the American West. The featured novella, “The Kean Land,” tells the story of young Ben Hammon as he arrives in western Colorado after the death of his parents to live with his small-town lawman uncle. The drama unfolds as Ben learns the ways of the land and the people who live there—including the Kean family. As “progress” pursues there is a dramatic price the Keans and others must pay to keep their land in this once hostile territory. How much blood must those who love the land pay in order to stay?


Jack Schaefer was a journalist and writer known for his authentic and memorable characters set in the American West. Schaefer received the Western Literature Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 1975 and the Saddleman Award in 1986 from the Western Writers of America. His popular Western novels include Shane (1949) and Monte Walsh (1963).


“Spectacular success—gunfights, saloon brawls, lynch mobs, bear fights, buffalo hunts, and man hunts; men shot, hanged, and trampled to death; the dust, sun, cold, and the glorious freedom of earlier, more rugged times!”



5.5 x 8 in. 304 pages