Savage Country

Savage Country

A Novel

Book - 2017
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September 1873. Elizabeth Coughlin, a widow bankrupted by her husband's folly and death, embarks on a buffalo hunt with her estranged brother-in-law, Michael. 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. As they ride across the Deadline demarcating Indian Territory from their home state, Kansas, they're on borrowed time: the Comanche are in winter quarters, and the cruel work of slaughtering the buffalo is unraveling their souls.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616204129
Call Number: OLMSTEAD
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Western fiction.
Historical fiction.
Great Plains -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
American bison hunting -- Fiction.
Widows -- Fiction.


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Apr 08, 2018

Not a bad book. I can't say I found it spellbinding but it's not terrible. The story moves along at a steady pace, but the dialogue is oddly stilted. I think the writer is trying to recreate how people possibly spoke 150 years ago? I'm not sure. It was a little off putting to me.

I did not finish the book.

inthestacks Jan 06, 2018

In 1870s Kansas, a widow hires her brother-in-law to lead an expedition to the Plains for an industrial-size campaign of buffalo hunting. The descriptive details of the killing and processing of the buffalo is absorbing if not a little grisly. Plenty of tension and danger in this well-written realistic Western novel.

Oct 03, 2017

Can't tell if I have book reserved or not ?


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