Shortgrass – A Novel of World War II (hardback edition)


A 2018 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award winner for Inspirational Fiction! 

This saga depicts an Oklahoma farm boy, an OU football star, and an aviator’s rousing adventures during the Dust Bowl days and World War II.

Will Rogers Executive Director Charles Williams described Shortgrass as “an engrossing story of a Mennonite community and a young man faced with the conflicting demands of faith, love, society, and the modern world. It is an exciting, turbulent, challenging book to match the times, with well-drawn characters, historical figures, and fast-paced action. It is just one great book.” (From Dwyer’s website). The author’s book, The Oklahomans, won the award in 2017 for western non-fiction. Also available through our gift shop and online here!

Author: John J. Dwyer, author of Stonewall and The Oklahomans

341 pages, Hardback. 2017


A 2018 Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award winner for Inspirational Fiction! 

“The difference between John Dwyer and other historical authors is that he doesn’t just tell you what happened, he shows why people did what they did.” – Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director, Oklahoma Historical Society.


As war clouds gather across the seas, Lance (Roark) finds romance first with teenaged Chickasaw cowgirl and stunt flying sensation Sadie Stanton, then with beautiful oil heiress Mary Katherine Murchison, whose mesmerizing voice carries her to the heights of Big Band Era stardom – from the book Shortgrass.


This is the story about Mennonite farm boy, Lance Roark – whose faith is as big as the challenges he faces on his family’s drought-ravaged Dust Bowl spread on the old Chisholm Trail. Lance is also a star on the football field and a natural-born aviator. These abilities lead him to college gridiron glory and bring him into contact with famed aviators Charles Lindbergh and Wiley Post, entertainment icons Will Rogers and Bing Crosby, best-selling young author, John F. Kennedy and President Franklin Roosevelt.


This book opens on Thanksgiving Day 1934 in Marlow, Oklahoma.

Autographed by the author, a member of the Duncan High School Class of 1974.

Additional information

Weight 1.74 kg
Dimensions 9 × 6 cm