All God's Childrenby Thomas Eidson
All the poor blind seamstress needs is a little money and a few honest breaks in order to raise four sons on her own whole holding on to the family farm. What she doesn't count on is a petty thief breaking into her house to evade capture. Instead of turning him in, she decides to safeguard him from a lynching posse. Now with the entire town against her and a crooked gang out to drive her off her land, it's up to this two-bit-thief, inspired by her sense of justice, to become a protector and fighter...even with the odds completely against him...
In the New York Times bestselling tradition of Zane Gray, Larry McMurtry, and Cormac McCarthy.
Film rights for All God's Children has been optioned by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks.
Thomas Eidson is also author of St. Agnes' Stand and The Last Ride
St. Agnes' Stand also won the Best First Novel and Best Western Novel from the Western Writers of America.
St. Agnes' Stand won the "Thumping" Good Fiction Award from W.H. Smith in the U.K. and was shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award.
Film rights for St. Agnes' Stand have been sold to Miramax, and will be directed by Michael Winterbottom.
We have another novel coming from Thomas Eidson.
Pearl Eddy, a plucky Quaker widow (who's also blind), tries to support herself and her four growing sons by farming, sewing, and fending off mortgage foreclosure. It's a relief to report that nobody ties her to the railroad tracks, but Pearl does endure a dizzying profusion of disasters, including the opprobrium of lunkheaded neighbors who violently protest when she takes in, first, a black bare-knuckle fighter named Prophet who's fleeing a lynch mob, then a dispossessed Japanese family whose newly purchased land was reclaimed for unpaid taxesall the while condemning anybody who resorts to "violence" rather than face being beaten senseless. That's not entirely fair: Eidson (St. Agnes' Stand, 1994) does convey the unshaken purity of Pearl's faith effectively, sometimes even movingly. But the novel becomes more unreal, and predictable, as it progresses. Prophet, for instance, keeps leaving the sanctuary of the Eddys' farmhouse (and the little boy who of course idolizes him), only to keep having a change of heart and returning in the nick of time to. . . let's just say that this is the sort of story in which everybody happens on the scene at the Exact Moment when somebody else's fortune, or virtue, or bodily existence is threatenednot excluding a superannuated samurai "Warlord," a pet rooster, and even a reformed rapist and a mollified banker who are there to help turn the tide at the climactic flurry of fire, rattlesnakes, and vigilantism.
The inevitable television miniseries is undoubtedly in production at this very moment.
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