Friday Reads: The Homesman–A novel about Nebraska, by Glendon Swarthout

Homesman

From Amazon:

“The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s Nebraska. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A “homesman” must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy—ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful. Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone. The only companion she can find is the low-life claim jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, and loneliness—a timeless classic told in a series of tough, fast-paced adventures.

Glendon Swarthout’s novel from 1988 won both the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award. A new afterword by the author’s son Miles Swarthout tells of his parents Glendon and Kathryn’s discovery of and research into the lives of the oft-forgotten frontier women who make The Homesman as moving and believable as it is unforgettable.”

Having seen a trailer for the recent movie of the same title, starring Hillary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones, I picked up a copy of the book at the airport while my husband and I were traveling this past Christmas.  The minute I started reading it, I was completely pulled in ; it was riveting and shocking, all at the same time.  I highly recommend this book (and movie) about frontier Nebraska.

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One Response to Friday Reads: The Homesman–A novel about Nebraska, by Glendon Swarthout

  1. Lisa Kelly says:

    Mary is a great champion of this book – so if her review spurs you to read this title with your book group – we have this in our collection with multiple copies – you can request it here: http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/bookclub/BKsearch.asp?title=homesman&searchtype=search

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