Elkhorn Tavern

Elkhorn Tavern

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by Douglas C. Jones
     
 

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From Douglas C. Jones, an author the Los Angeles Times called "a superb storyteller and authentic chronicler of the American West," comes a classic Civil War novel, long out of print but considered one of the great titles of the genre. With her husband gone east to fight for the Confederate Army, Ora Hasford is left alone to tend to her Arkansas farm and

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From Douglas C. Jones, an author the Los Angeles Times called "a superb storyteller and authentic chronicler of the American West," comes a classic Civil War novel, long out of print but considered one of the great titles of the genre. With her husband gone east to fight for the Confederate Army, Ora Hasford is left alone to tend to her Arkansas farm and protect her two teenage children, Calpurnia and Roman. But only a short distance away, in the shadow of Pea Ridge, a storm is gathering. In a clash to decide control over the western front, two opposing armies prepare for a brutal, inevitable battle. Beset by soldiers, bushwhackers, and jayhawkers, the Hasfords' home stands unprotected in what will soon be one of the worst battlegrounds in the West.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Elkhorn Tavern is undoubtedly Douglas Jones's finest novel. The characters are unforgettable, the atmosphere wonderfully detailed, the action and suspense skillfully maintained."
-Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

"Elkhorn Tavern has the beauty of Shane and the elegiac dignity of Red River without the false glamour or sentimentality of those classic Western films... Mr. Jones is at home among the ridges and hardwoods of a frontier valley... He holds us still and compels us to notice what we live in."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Douglas C. Jones writes what might be called historical novels, but they are much more than that. They are stirring word pictures of the way things really were in this country not so long ago... Elkhorn Tavern is even better than the books that preceded it."
-Associated Press

"Jones is a meticulous craftsman whose dialects, dialogues, settings and sayings seem so right and natural that one has the satisfying feeling of having read a novel without one false note."
-San Francisco Sunday Examiner

"A fine, uncompromising, unusually angled piece of Civil War fiction-from a master of gritty historical[s]."
-Kirkus Reviews
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451231857
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
772,762
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Elkhorn Tavern is undoubtedly Douglas Jones's finest novel. The characters are unforgettable, the atmosphere wonderfully detailed, the action and suspense skillfully maintained."
-Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

"Elkhorn Tavern has the beauty of Shane and the elegiac dignity of Red River without the false glamour or sentimentality of those classic Western films... Mr. Jones is at home among the ridges and hardwoods of a frontier valley... He holds us still and compels us to notice what we live in."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Douglas C. Jones writes what might be called historical novels, but they are much more than that. They are stirring word pictures of the way things really were in this country not so long ago... Elkhorn Tavern is even better than the books that preceded it."
-Associated Press

"Jones is a meticulous craftsman whose dialects, dialogues, settings and sayings seem so right and natural that one has the satisfying feeling of having read a novel without one false note."
-San Francisco Sunday Examiner

"A fine, uncompromising, unusually angled piece of Civil War fiction-from a master of gritty historical[s]."
-Kirkus Reviews
 

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Meet the Author

Douglas C. Jones was a three-time winner of the Western Writers of America's Golden Spur Award, as well as the recipient of their Owen Wister Award of Lifetime Achievement. A native of Arkansas, Jones died in 1998.

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Elkhorn Tavern 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She looked around confused
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Appears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Stumbles drunkenly to the ship.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aye jessie mae! Ship result one!
herb34 More than 1 year ago
A good civil war story concerning families of those left behind. The story actually uses towns and locals mostly in north-western Arkansas. This would make a good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with so much extreme detail that it brings your mind into the battle at Elkhorn Tavern. It talks about a family that the husband, Martin, is enlisted in the Confederate army. The family, Ora the wife, Calpurnia the daughter, and Roman the son try to survive this thriller. Instead of evacuating the town, the romans decide to stay through the war and eventually experience the devastation of the Union victory at Pea Ridge.