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West by Carys Davies
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2018, 160 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2, 2019, 128 pages

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In the early 19th century, a man journeys into the uncharted American West in search of colossal creatures and a renewed sense of wonder.

After the untimely death of his wife, Pennsylvanian mule breeder John Cyrus Bellman becomes obsessed by a newspaper article reporting the discovery of "monstrous bones" in the wilderness that are "bleached and pale and vast, like a wrecked fleet or the parched ribs of a church roof." Cy dreams of setting eyes on these mammoth creatures that possibly still roam the uncharted American frontier. What spurs him on is not glory or repute, but the chance that there exist things yet unseen. With a promise to return in two years, he leaves his farm and ten-year-old daughter Bess under the care of his unapproving sister, and journeys West. As Cy travels further away from civilization with the guidance of a Shawnee boy named Old Woman From A Distance, Bess fills her lonely days tracing her father's progress in library maps, eagerly awaiting his return.

While West is a slim novel, it ...

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