Synopses & Reviews
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry continues his four-part epic, The Berrybender Narratives, with a new novel of courage and hardship that transports readers to a time when life itself was an adventure, and death was ever close at hand....
In their trek through the 1830s American West, the Berrybender family has experienced every blessing and hardship imaginable, by both the hand of man and the will of God. Now, Tasmin Berrybender leads her unconventional family as they struggle through an unforgiving land, losing loved ones and gathering new cohorts at the most unlikely turns. It is in these perilous circumstances that Tasmin's husband, the Sin Killer, disappears on a scouting expedition, leaving her to raise her young, wild son alone -- until she falls for another man. In this high-spirited and terrifying tale set against the background of the American frontier, Larry McMurtry once again shows that in the world of Western literary fiction, he truly has no equal.
"In this tale of the exploration, and exploitation, of the West, McMurtry is telling us something about our checkered past -- and perhaps about our uncertain present."
"From the Missouri Breaks to the Rocky Mountains, and the Canadian border to Mexico, no novelist since Wallace Stegner has written as well about the American West as Larry McMurtry. By Sorrow's River
is no exception. It's lively, funny, historically illuminating and, best of all, full of unforgettable individualists."
-- The Washington Post Book World
"By Sorrow's River
is a brilliant combination of adventure and plainspoken storytelling with a bittersweet love story and a richly imagined long-gone America."
-- The Seattle Times
McMurtry continues the compelling saga of the Berrybender family, who made their debut in his phenomenal "New York Times" bestseller, "Sin Killer," as they make their way across the endless Great Plains of the West towards Santa Fe.
About the Author
Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.