Tehano: A Novel

Tehano: A Novel

by Allen Wier



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Tehano: A Novel by Allen Wier

"Allen Wier has imagined a way to express an epic vision of the American experiment at its crossroads. From the antebellum era, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, Wier's sizable cast of characters�African American freedmen and slaves, Native American warriors and their women, Confederate and Union veterans, immigrants, and citizens high and low�pitch up in Comanche territory in Texas, enacting their destinies. Wier has breathed new life into representative American men and women in a style alive with realism, soaring with lyricism, and vibrant with humor. His understanding of the Native American and the African American experience is stunningly uncanny." � David Madden

"An extraordinary accomplishment: a novel of Tolstoyan scope. Here is the palpable savage young country itself, and its people with all their loves, fears, passions, hopes, dreams, and sufferings�human souls searingly brought forth from the swirl of history. It is a great work of fictive Art, and to my mind perhaps the finest achievement of my generation, no less."�Richard Bausch

With vivid and authentic detail and a storm of narrative power, Allen Wier's Tehano brings together historical and imagined events, giving readers a sense of the final years of the nineteenth century�a time both brutal and 8232 majestic�that spawned our present time. The disparate narrative skeins are collected through the efforts of Gideon Jones, a westering picaro who sets down his adventures and those of the people whose path his crosses.

Author Biography: ALLEN WIER has published three other novels, Blanco, Departing as Air, and A Place for Outlaws, and a story collection, Things Aboutto Disappear. A former Guggenheim and Dobie-Paisano Fellow, Wier has had fiction, essays, and reviews appear in such venues as Southern Review, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and The New York Times. A Texas native, Wier currently teaches in the writing program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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ISBN-13: 9780870745065
Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2006
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.20(d)

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