Sun Going Down

Sun Going Down

by Jack Todd
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Sun Going Down by Jack Todd

From an award-winning author whose ancestors lived the adventures in this novel comes a spectacular new epic about the American West.

Part history, part romance, and part action-adventure novel, Sun Going Down follows the fortunes of Ebenezer Paint and his descendants -- rough and tough individuals who are caught up in Civil War river battles, epic cattle drives through drought and blizzards, the horrors of Wounded Knee, the desperation of the dust bowl, and the prosperity of the roaring 1920s. The page-turning plot is peopled by a vibrant, unforgettable cast of characters: a grizzled Mississippi steamboat merchant, two horse-thieving brothers, five Annie Oakley-like sisters who can outride any cowboy, a half-Sioux bride who demands her new family claim her heritage, and a courageous daughter who defies her father and braves the West alone. Throughout their lives, the Paint family must battle both internal and external elements, and learn to live with spirit and wit.

Letters and diaries from the author's own family archives form the basis for all the events and characters in Sun Going Down, infusing the novel with richly detailed authenticity and deep emotional power. It is intimate in its portraits of the unforgettable characters who settled our country, sweeping in its geographical reach from Vicksburg up through Montana and the Dakotas, and epic as it spans four generations from the Civil War to the Great Depression.

Masterfully written, Sun Going Down holds the reader fast through tears, laughter, terror, and joy until the very last heart-gripping page is turned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416550488
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Series: Paint Family Saga
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Jack Todd is the author of the novels Sun Going Down and Come Again No More and the memoir Desertion, which won the Quebec Writer’s Federation First Book Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction. Visit his website at

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Sun Going Down 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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JAWishart More than 1 year ago
I just happened to pick it up - I have never read "Westerns". It greatly reminded me of Pillars of the Earth. Just loved it. In fact, we drove through South Dakota on our way to Colorado last fall just to see the landscape and attempt to have the feeling from this book. Gave it to friends and family as a gift with great reviews from the very diverse audience. Can't say enough how I enjoyed the characters and the epic-style story.
Connie-J More than 1 year ago
A slow beginning had me wondering whether I would continue, but I gradually became fascinated with the characters. A good insight into the many hardships and complexities faced by the early western ranchers and settlers. My only difficulty was in keeping track of the many people and their relationships. At times I had to look back a few pages to sort out the changing relationships, but it is well worth the effort.
Cali_Love More than 1 year ago
Great characters and historical facts will keep your attention. Author seemed to have sympathy and political correctness for everyone except the Christians.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It has been quite a while since I have read a book that was as captivating, heartbreaking, and beaufitful as this. I enjoyed the characters and lanscapes that Mr. Todd described in detail. From Eb and Lucian to Velma and Emaline, from the Mississippi to the blizzards of Nebraska and Wyoming, this is a book I will read again and again. I recommend this book to anyone looking for their next great read...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, enjoyed it, but never compair to Lonesome Dove
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I would LOVE to read this book, the bullet format for conversation is really aggravating. I just can't read books set up this way. I wish there was a choice of format for people who prefer a conventional reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a detailed epic of a historical family that transcends time from the American Civil War to the Depression Era. I enjoyed the bullet format instead of punctuation marks for character dialogue. This allows the reader to focus more on the story and the characters. I enjoyed the historical references to the settling of the South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska areas. Since I am from South Dakota the pioneer life was very accurate. The character development was well done. However, I felt the ending came too fast as I wanted to read more about the lives of some of the other daughters. Maybe there will be a sequel. If you like to read about the grit and determination of the early American families in the Midwest area you will enjoy this book.