The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller
Colton H. Bryant, working-class cowboy and oil rig roughneck, is the subject of this book by Alexandra Fuller, author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. The book, like Colton’s life, is relatively short, and Fuller seems to walk a fine line between nonfiction and novel by her own admission. But the beauty of this book comes in the beautiful prose that so convincingly captures Wyoming and the decent people that live there. Colton is not the best, the brightest, or the most handsome, but he grows up the son of good parents, and wants to live a good life. Why Colton fell from an oil rig to his death in 2006 may be open for debate, but Fuller’s book is a convincing portrait of a young man and landscape too often neglected in literature. Fuller is upfront about some of the behaviors engaged in by oilmen—rough language is common— but it is difficult to see Colton as anything other than a cowboy at heart, ready to do the right thing.