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The Contract Surgeon: A Novel
     

The Contract Surgeon: A Novel

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by Dan O'Brien
 

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Winner of the Western Heritage Award, this beautifully crafted historical novel from one of the West’s most popular writers tells the true story of the friendship between Valentine McGillycuddy, a young doctor plucked from his prestigious medical career and newly married wife to serve in the army during the Great Sioux War, and the fearsome chief Crazy Horse

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Winner of the Western Heritage Award, this beautifully crafted historical novel from one of the West’s most popular writers tells the true story of the friendship between Valentine McGillycuddy, a young doctor plucked from his prestigious medical career and newly married wife to serve in the army during the Great Sioux War, and the fearsome chief Crazy Horse. When Crazy Horse finally agrees to surrender to the United States, mistrust and treachery on both sides generate further conflict, and he is gravely wounded. McGillycuddy declares the chief his patient and struggles through a long night to keep his spirit alive.
 
Set in the sprawling Great Plains during the most tragic period in its history, this tale of bravery, justice, and love weaves a tapestry of time and events into the account of a single day—the last in the life of Crazy Horse—to reveal the secrets surrounding America’s past.

Editorial Reviews

Larry McMurtry

“Draws a vivid portrait of Crazy Horse and gives an interesting, fresh perspective on the Great Sioux War.”—Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove
New York Times

“Impeccably researched.”—New York Times
Jim Harrison

The Contract Surgeon is an eerie, harrowing novel with terrifying implications. There is the aura that the ghosts of the Sioux made him write this book. It is lucid and harsh, and deftly avoids the sentimentality that mars novels that deal with our first citizens. The Contract Surgeon should bring O’Brien to the wide audience he deserves.”—Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall
National Public Radio

“A thoughtful work of fiction about historical and psychological frontiers.”—National Public Radio
Booklist

“An intriguing, well-written, down-to-earth medical western.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803235878
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
799,624
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Dan O’Brien is the author of numerous novels and memoirs, including Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch, winner of the Western Heritage Award for best nonfiction in 2001 and selected as the 2009 One Book South Dakota winner. His books Stolen Horses, Equinox, and The Indian Agent are available from the University of Nebraska Press.

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Contract Surgeon 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
kanga2joey More than 1 year ago
An excellent story of the plains during a very tumultuous time in our history.