Savage Country (Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction)

Robert Olmstead

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Synopsis: "Robert Olmstead gets better with every book. If you know all of his previous books, you know how startling this fact is, and how startlingly good this writer is." --Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

In September 1873, Elizabeth Coughlin, a widow bankrupted by her husband's folly and death, embarks on a buffalo hunt with her estranged and mysterious brother-in-law, Michael. With no money, no family, no job or security, she hopes to salvage something of her former life and the lives of the hired men and their families who depend on her. The buffalo hunt that her husband had planned, she now realizes, was his last hope for saving their land.

Elizabeth and Michael plunge south across the aptly named Deadline demarcating Indian Territory from their home state, Kansas. Nothing could have prepared them for the dangers: rattlesnakes, rabies, wildfire, lightning strikes, blue northers, flash floods, threats to life in so many ways. They're on borrowed time: the Comanche are in winter quarters, and the cruel work of slaughtering the buffalo is unraveling their souls. They must get back alive.

This is a gripping narrative of that infamous hunt, which drove the buffalo population to near extinction--the story of a moment in our history in which mass destruction of an animal population was seen as the only route to economic solvency. But it's also the intimate story of how that hunt changed Michael and Elizabeth forever.

Review: An Amazon Best Book of October 2017: The Western in cinema might be dead (or at least at a very low ebb), but in fiction, the Western is thriving. And it isn't Cowboys & Indians pulp (not intended as a pejorative here), but a darker, morally unsettled, and often violent strain more easily traced to Cormac McCarthy. Philipp Meyer's The Son comes to mind, as does Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers, and anything by Ron Rash or Wiley Cash. Robert Olmstead's latest novel, Savage Country, fits comfortably into this category, as well. It's 1873 and Elizabeth Coughlin - widowed and bankrupted when a headstrong horse kicks her husband in the forehead - ventures into Indian Territory with her enigmatic brother-in-law on the "last buffalo hunt," a desperate attempt to salvage something of her former life. The country is indeed savage and the slaughter is grisly and demoralizing, its realism heightened by Olmstead's precise, original prose layered over meticulous research. An Old Testament mood looms over the action, but his character’s choices – where they exist - are transactional and rarely moral. Olmstead’s vision of the West raises uncomfortable questions about our heritage as a country and a culture; it’s the Western of our times. —Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review

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