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Publisher Comments:

Boone's Lick is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry's return to the kind of story that made him famous — an enthralling tale of the nineteenth-century west. Like his bestsellers Lonesome Dove, Streets of Laredo, Comanche Moon, and Dead Man's Walk, Boone's Lick transports the reader to the era about which McMurtry writes better and more shrewdly than anyone else.

Told with McMurtry's unique blend of historical fact and sheer storytelling genius, the novel follows the Cecil family's arduous journey by riverboat and wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. Fifteen-year-old Shay narrates, describing the journey that begins when his Ma, Mary Margaret, decides to hunt down her elusive husband, Dick, to tell him she's leaving him. Without knowing precisely where he is, they set out across the plains in search of him, encountering grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go. With them are Shay's siblings, G.T., Neva, and baby Marcy; Shay's uncle, Seth; his Granpa Crackenthorpe; and Mary Margaret's beautiful half-sister, Rose. During their journey they pick up a barefooted priest named Father Villy, and a Snake Indian named Charlie Seven Days, and persuade them to join in their travels.

At the heart of the novel, and the adventure, is Mary Margaret, whom we first meet shooting a sheriff's horse out from underneath him in order to feed her family. Forceful, interesting, and determined, she is written with McMurtry's trademark deftness and sympathy for women, and is in every way a match for the worst the west can muster.

Boone's Lick abounds with the incidents, the excitements, and the dangers of life on the plains. Its huge cast of characters includes such historical figures as Wild Bill Hickok and the unfortunate Colonel Fetterman (whose arrogance and ineptitude led to one of the U.S. Army's worst and bloodiest defeats at the hands of the Cheyenne and Sioux) as well as the Cecil family (itself based on a real family of nineteenth-century traders and haulers).

The story of their trek in pursuit of Dick, and the discovery of his second and third families, is told with brilliance, humor, and overwhelming joie de vivre in a novel that is at once high adventure, a perfect western tale, and a moving love story — it is, in short, vintage McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the west, and his unrivaled eye for the telling detail.

Boone's Lick is one of McMurtry's richest works of fiction to date.

Synopsis:

"Boone's Lick" is a major novel in the rich tradition of "Lonesome Dove" and "Comanche Moon" about the opening up of the American West. The first novel in a new series, it is the story of a trek by riverboat and wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming, and proves to be one of McMurtry's richest and most satisfying works.

About the Author

Larry McMurtry, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, is the author of twenty-three novels, two collections of essays, two memoirs, and more than thirty screenplays, and is the editor of a collection of short stories of the modern west. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684868868
Author:
McMurtry, Larry
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Westerns
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Runaway husbands
Subject:
Women pioneers
Subject:
Western stories
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Westerns - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Series Volume:
FS-0069
Publication Date:
20001110
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.625 in 16.624 oz

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Product details 288 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780684868868 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Boone's Lick" is a major novel in the rich tradition of "Lonesome Dove" and "Comanche Moon" about the opening up of the American West. The first novel in a new series, it is the story of a trek by riverboat and wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming, and proves to be one of McMurtry's richest and most satisfying works.
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