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Homesman

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781471136047
Author(s): Glendon Swarthout
Format: Paperback
Year: 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions: 202 x 0 x 141 (w x l x h)
Pages: 352

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The Homesman is a devastating, humane story of early pioneers to America's West in the 1850's. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of-the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by that life of bitter hardship. When a nineteen-year-old mother loses her three children to diphtheria in three days, or a woman left alone for two nights has to shoot wolves as they crash through the window, it is no wonder they should lose their minds. After a dreadful winter, the Rev. Dowd finds there are four such cases in his parish and, as yet, no asylum in this frontier town. A 'homesman' must be found to escort the women East to civilization. Not a job anyone would volunteer for, it falls to Mary Bee Cuddy, ex-teacher, spinster-indomitable, resourceful, 'plain as an old tin pail.' Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone, and the only companion available is the low-life and untrustworthy 'George Briggs,' a claim-jumper.Thus begins a trek East, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, loneliness, and the unceasing aggravation of a disparate group of mad women, which provides a series of tough, fast-paced adventures and introduces two wonderful, idiosyncratic characters.
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