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The BookBrowse Review

Published September 20, 2017

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Book Jacket

Savage Country
by Robert Olmstead
26 Sep 2017
304 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN-13: 9781616204129
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A gripping narrative of the infamous hunt which drove the buffalo population to near extinction - the story of a moment in our history in which mass destruction of an animal population was seen as the only route to economic solvency. And the intimate story of how that hunt changed two people forever.

"For weeks countless swarms of locusts, brown-black and brick-yellow, darkened the air like ash from a great conflagration, their jaws biting all things for what could be eaten."

In September 1873, Elizabeth Coughlin, a widow bankrupted by her husband's folly and death, embarks on a buffalo hunt with her estranged and mysterious brother-in-law, Michael. With no money, no family, no job or security, she hopes to salvage something of her former life and the lives of the hired men and their families who depend on her. The buffalo hunt that her husband had planned, she now realizes, was his last hope for saving their land.

Elizabeth and Michael plunge south across the aptly named Deadline demarcating Indian Territory from their home state, Kansas. Nothing could have prepared them for the dangers: rattlesnakes, rabies, wildfire, lightning strikes, blue northers, flash floods, threats to life in so many ways. They're on borrowed time: the Comanche are in winter quarters, and the cruel work of slaughtering the buffalo is unraveling their souls. They must get back alive.

"Starred Review. Another gorgeous, brutal masterpiece from a great American writer." - Kirkus

"This is a powerful depiction of the brutality of the Old West, where life was cheap and easily taken." - Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove will enjoy this thoroughly researched epic Western." - Library Journal

"Robert Olmstead gets better with every book. If you know all of his previous books, you know how startling this fact is, and how startlingly good this writer is." - Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Robert Olmstead is the author of six previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction and the Ohioana Award, was a #1 Book Sense Pick, and was a Borders Original Voices pick. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and an NEA grant, and he is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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