The Master Tanner Heads West

The Master Tanner Heads West

by W. C. Bamberger


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Fiction. Oddly, the dark star of this darkly comic novel set in the late 1800s isn't the master tanner, but the tanner's wife, Dolly, a sensuous and level-headed woman who sees the West for what it is: a land of violence, yes; but also a land of blank deserts signifying opportunity. So while her husband gets his head trapped inside a dead buffalo's skull, Dolly maneuvers through a monomaniacal Slavic emigre acting as town sheriff, a photographer named Swing T whose "spiritual journey" masks murderous sadism, a one-eyed poetic smith, and a star-gazing gambler who puts out the smith's eye with a hole card in self-defense. With colorful characters and a compelling and surprising plot, Bamberger's first novel surely echoes our present age as much as it does our westward expansion.

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ISBN-13: 9781931982504
Publisher: Livingston Press
Publication date: 01/28/2006
Pages: 199
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.53(d)

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