Archive for the ‘Wild West’ Category
Swan Gondola literally starts off with a bang! Two elderly sisters, Emmaline and Hester, known by most in their small county, as the “Old Sisters Egan,” are sitting in their Nebraska farm kitchen drinking coffee. The day has been a peaceful one. Suddenly the house begins to shiver and shake and they are enveloped in noise, a loud BANG!! Books fall from their shelves, china dishes and cups fall to the floor, breaking, chimney bricks drop into the hearth, their caged canaries stop singing and the two sisters are left stunned, shocked.
February 14, 2014
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: 19th-Century, carnival, love, Nebraska, Riverhead, Time Period Fiction, Timothy Schaffert Â· Posted in: Facing History, US Frontier West, Wild West
The simple plotting of Larry Watsonâ€™s Let Him Go â€“ the quest of Margaret and George Blackridge to reclaim their young grandson, who lives with his mother and rotten-to-the-core stepfather â€“ belies the strong emotional impact of this exquisitely powerful book.
There is nothing small about the state of Texas nor is there anything small about this epic masterpiece of a novel, which will surely catapult Philipp Meyer into the ranks of the finest American novelists.
What he has accomplished is sheer magic: he has turned the American dream on its ear and revealed it for what it really is: â€śsoil to sand, fertile to barren, fruit to thorns.â€ť The most astounding thing is, you donâ€™t know how good it really is until you close the last page and step back and absorb what you have just experienced.
ALL THE LAND TO HOLD US is an apt title whose protagonist is the land – and it is a strange and powerful land. The harsh desert environment of West Texas is extremely arid, bitter and bleak. This environment shapes much of the novel’s character and the characters’ characters. The area receives much less rainfall than the rest of Texas and the temperature has been known to hit 120ÂşF in the summer. “An easterner, after making the stage trip and experiencing the danger of Horsehead and the Trans-Pecos country, wrote to friends back home that he now knew where hell was.” The setting also includes Castle Gap and Juan Cordoba Lake, an inland salt lake.
Like its predecessor, THE HUMMINGBIRDâ€™S DAUGHTER, Urreaâ€™s sequel, QUEEN OF AMERICA is a panoramic, picaresque, sprawling, sweeping novel that dazzles us with epic destiny, perilous twists, and high romance, set primarily in Industrial era America (and six years in the authorâ€™s undertaking). Based on Urreaâ€™s real ancestry, this historical fiction combines family folklore with magical realism and Western adventure at the turn of the twentieth century.
November 30, 2011
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: 1900s, Job-centered, Latin American, Magical Realism, Time Period Fiction Â· Posted in: California, Facing History, italy, Latin American/Caribbean, Mexico, NE & New York, New Orleans, New York City, Texas, United Kingdom, US Southwest, Washington, D.C., Wild West
The hardscrabble desert land of New Mexico is the perfect setting for Percival Everettâ€™s new novel, ASSUMPTION, mainly because it mirrors the protagonistâ€™s character incredibly well. Ogden Walker is a deputy in the sheriffâ€™s office in the small town of Plata, where he serves after a brief stint in the army. Plata might be where mom Eva Walker lives but Ogden finds her presence not enough of a comfort to overcome his unease with his mixed African American heritage (he is biracial) or his general malaise with what seems to be a dead-end career. He finds it hard to be content hunting for the small fish even if a colleague tells him, â€śA big fish is fun, I suppose, but so are small ones sometimes. Depends on the water. If I catch a ten-incher in a creek thatâ€™s two foot wide, thatâ€™s a big fish.â€ť