"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. Itshuge 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. Boone's Lick McMurtry, Larry, Simon & Schuster
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Master storyteller Larry McMurtry unfurls a short, bright banner of a book following the fortunes of the Cecil family as they travel from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to the Western frontier. Though the story is narrated by her oldest son, 15-year-old Shay, the real hero of the book is Mary Margaret, the mother. Her husband, Dick, has left her and their four children in Boone's Lick while he seeks his fortunes in the West. Mary Margaret lives contentedly with the children and Dick's brother, Seth, until one day she decides she's had enough of playing the estranged wife and packs up the entire household. And so the Cecil family leaves their little town (where Wild Bill Hickok makes a cameo appearance) and travels by wagon to Wyoming, accompanied along the way by a fat Qu?becois priest and a Shoshone. They do find Dick, and they also arrive in Wyoming just in time for the 1866 Fetterman Massacre. McMurtry writes with an ease that younger writers would do well to emulate. Here Seth fights off an ambush of white trash dastards: Uncle Seth fired again and a third horse went down--though just saying it went down would be to put it too mildly. The third horse turned a complete somersault. Its rider flew off about thirty feet, after which he didn't move. "'It's rare to see a horse turn a flip like that,' Uncle Seth observed." That cool "observed" gives an idea of the book's wry, pervasive humor. But there's more here than shooting and quip contemporary,domestic life,genre fiction,historical,historical fiction,literature and fiction,westerns,women's fiction Westerns, Simon & Schuster
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Bantam Books, 1996. Paperback. Grade: C. Catalog: Fiction Crime Synopsis: 291 pages. Harbor cops Fortney and Leeds have a good time patrolling San Diego's Mission Bay, scoping out body-sculpted beauties on pleasure craft, re..., Bantam Books, 1996, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000-11-10. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. 287 pages; ex-library with usual markings, some edge wear to jacket and boards, slight lean to spine; Mary Margaret's husband, Dickie, is a supply hauler along the Oregon Trail--and a man who enjoys the pleasures of other women across the frontier. Fed up and harboring a secret love of her own, Mary Margaret collects her kids; her brother-in-law, Seth; her sister, Rosie; and her cranky father and journeys west for the ultimate confrontation with her wayward husband., Simon & Schuster, 2000-11-10
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Boone's Lick - 1st Edition/1st Printing.
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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780684868868
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0684868865
Publishing year: 2000
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.
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