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The Homesman
     

The Homesman

4.5 13
by Glendon Swarthout
 

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Soon to be a major film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and co-starring Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, and John Lithgow, this classic Western novel captures the devastating realities of early frontier life through the eyes of one extraordinary woman.

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

Soon to be a major motion picture directed

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Soon to be a major film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and co-starring Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, and John Lithgow, this classic Western novel captures the devastating realities of early frontier life through the eyes of one extraordinary woman.

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.

Editorial Reviews

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781501102875
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/04/2014
Edition description:
Media Tie-In
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
161,542
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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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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Homesman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Sue_G More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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+++++++
Catahoula_Mama More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story, looking forward to seeing it as a film.
lauradayton More than 1 year ago
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.
oldlady3 More than 1 year ago
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.
toliverc More than 1 year ago
I love the western genre, even more so when a book delivers something beyond the standard western lore. The Homesman is no dime novel, but a look into the underbelly of a life that is too often glamorized. We celebrate the ones who made it, but what about the ones who didn't, the ones who didn't tame the west. but rather were bent and broken by it? The Homesman is that tale and what a treat it is.
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goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The ending was not what I wanted but... The book was so good that I could not put it down until I finished it. If anyone wants to read an exceptional story, read this one because you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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mzdxtr More than 1 year ago
I don't know if the book did not transfer well to e-book, but I found it to be poorly written (grammatical errors, run-on sentences) and very depressing. I initially liked it...I was pulled in despite the numerous mistakes I found throughout...but when (spoiler alert) Mary Bee kills herself, I lost all interest. She was the more well written of the characters and to kill her off and leave the story with Briggs and the women left me feeling cheated. I read through the Briggs' journey of bringing the women to Hebron, but then I just skimmed...I felt no empathy towards Briggs and I didn't care what happened to him. A very disappointing book and I'm sorry I didn't just try to check it out through my library in e-book form. A wasted $10.