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The Homesman

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IN PIONEER NEBRASKA, A WOMAN LEADS WHERE NO MAN WILL GO

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. 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 ...

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Overview

IN PIONEER NEBRASKA, A WOMAN LEADS WHERE NO MAN WILL GO

Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. 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.

In an unprecedented sweep, Glendon Swarthout’s novel 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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The frontier of the Old West has rarely been evoked as a more miserable, barren land than it is in this melancholy novel by the author of The Shootist. After venturing west of the Missouri to stake claims in uncharted territory, a number of settlers find the earth fallow and the desolate, lonely winters unbearable. When four of the wives go mad, the local minister entrusts a prim, strong-willed young schoolmarm, Mary Bee Cuddy, to transport them back to Iowa by covered wagon. With her, virtually against his will, is Briggs, a dishonest, foul-mouthed land-grabber (he steals other peoples' claims) whom Mary Bee saved from a lynching in exchange for his help. Utilizing a classic western plota journey across rough land under perilous conditionsand a mismatched pair of protagonists who'll remind many readers of those in The African Queen , the author tells a sturdy if by now familiar tale. Unfortunately, once the novel goes wrong, which it does with a bizarre, alienating plot twist about three-quarters of the way through, it never recovers. (September)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781501102875
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Edition description: Media Tie-In
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 29,991
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Glendon Swarthout wrote sixteen novels, many of which were bestsellers and were made into films, among them Seventh Cavalry, They Came to Cordura, Where the Boys Are, Bless the Beasts & Children, and A Christmas to Remember. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and won a number of other awards, including the Western Writers Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

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    Amazing tale of our pioneer past.  This would make an excellent

    Amazing tale of our pioneer past.  This would make an excellent book club choice.  Living on the prairie as a homesteader was full of danger,
    lonely days and nights, and hardship.  It was enough to make women lose their minds--and some did.  This is the story of four of those women and 
    the indomitable Mary Bee Cuddy, who volunteers to take these women back East to Iowa and their families.  

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

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    Excellent book with great characters and believable situations.

    Excellent book with great characters and believable situations. I was very unhappy with one event, but I have to admit that it could have happened that way, and it didn't ruin the book for me. He was a very good writer. I read Bless the Beasts and Children years ago. It was very good, but not as outstanding as this one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    Wonderful historical fiction!!!!

    Highly recommended!!! Great characters, and sad, funny and fascinating story. Based on possible events. This is a book you can't put down and will make an awesome movie!! Another great book on the NOOK is "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. Both books deserve A+++++++

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2014

    A wonderful story, looking forward to seeing it as a film.

    A wonderful story, looking forward to seeing it as a film.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2014

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    My first time to read Glendon Swarthout.  The description of lif

    My first time to read Glendon Swarthout.  The description of life as a homesteader for husbands, wives and  children  presented a history that I wasn't familiar with.  
    Looking for my next book by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

    Recommend for people who like history.

    I really liked the book, but it was sad in parts. It was more true to life than most books that always end happy. Anyone who likes historical things it would be good for.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Dark but good.

    I felt the description of locations were great. I felt I was there. I wanted to read this before seeing the movie. If the movie is as good as the book, I won't be disappointed.

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