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On Rims of Empty Moons

McAfee, John P.

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ISBN 10: 0896723860 / ISBN 13: 9780896723863
Published by Texas Tech University Press, 1997
Used Condition: Collectible: Like New Hardcover
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Title: On Rims of Empty Moons

Publisher: Texas Tech University Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible: Like New

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Johnny McBride has been running all his lifeSince age six, when he discovered his mother drowned in her wedding dress in the stock tank on their ranch, someone has been trying to kill young Johnny McBride. Everyone in Van Horn, Texas, it seems—from the scion of the feuding clan on the surrounding ranch to his own witless father and brother—wants to do him in.But Johnny has his defenses. Armed with his own brand of dark humor and unique take on the infamous "McBride luck," Johnny has the friendship of the green-eyed, blonde vaquero, Jose Navarette, who once rode with Pancho Villa. Moreover, he has the tenacity born of deprivation and the desert itself.From the West Texas wilderness, cratered and barren as the moon, to the jungles of Viet Nam and the impoverished villages of Mexico, the epic journey of Johnny McBride comes full circle. On his return to his desert home, Johnny discovers a landscape so mired in the seepage of corporate lust and betrayal that not even he can outrun it.

From Publishers Weekly:

The first half of McAfee's initially promising but ultimately disappointing second novel (after Slow Walk in a Sad Rain) concerns young Johnny McBride's struggle to maintain his integrity in the hardscrabble desert of deep West Texas. This is rough stuff for a coming-of-age novel: Johnny is at war with his abusive sheep-herding father, who may have murdered Johnny's mother and seems bent on killing him too; he's also in love with Sarah Eberhard, who belongs to one of the richest families in the small town of Van Horn. Fortunately, Johnny comes under the wise, gentle influence of Jose Navarette, an old Villista and foreman of the Eberhard ranch. Unfortunately, this attractive, serio-comic narrative of growing up on a 1960s desert ranch is the prologue to the weaker Part Two, in which Johnny's story jumps abruptly six years forward to North Vietnam, where he's serving as a Green Beret. After a botched mission, a series of improbable, Odysseus-like adventures eventually brings Johnny, now a deserter, to Mexico and into the home and arms of Jose's widow. This rushed conclusion lacks McAfee's previous feeling for the land, the people who inhabit it, their history and their hearts. Clearly, the novel wants more length, more development. McAfee is a potentially powerful writer, but he needs a broader canvas to tell this tale of generational change and global scope.

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