Reapers of the Dust was published in 1965. The work is dedicated to Lois’ mother, Aline Runner Phillips, who passed away before it was published. Hudson notes, in her collected papers, that she had not intended to tell her mother about the dedication, and then, one day, just blurted it out to her.
Reapers is a collection of stories that some, especially those familiar with Hudson, will call autobiographical; Hudson herself, however, disavowed that the novel was her own story. Many readers will recognize pieces from this work in other Hudson manuscripts and previously published articles in the The Reporter, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker.
The book has been reprinted a number of times in the 50 years since its publication, most recently in 2014 by Pharos Editions, with an introduction by one of Lois’ former students, David Guterson (author of Snow Falling on Cedars).
An excerpt of the book can be read here:, courtesy of the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest: