Liar's Moon

Liar's Moon

A Long Story

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
A new novel of the West deromanticizes the "winning" of the American frontier, using black, Indian, and female voices to retell the story. 20,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A boldly imagined novel of the West in the years following the Civil War.

It's 1852 and a young girl in Texas is kidnapped by Indians. It's 1859 and two toddlers fall off a buckboard heading west: rumor has it they survived and are being raised by coyotes. It's 1874 and a young brave has a vision he is invincible: he will lead his people to disaster. It's 1879 and a black Mississippi sharecropper is terrorized into making the migration west. It's 1890 and we have arrived at Wounded Knee: the West has been subdued.

There have been many versions of how the West was "won," but Liar's Moon, with its coruscating vision and its rowdy vitality, outpaces them all. As it deromanticizes our greatest story, the novel shows how history slid into leg to become-in little more than thirty years-the defining myth of America. With its mix of songs and laments, tall tales, hearsay, and history, Liar's Moon is a true American original, a subversive match for the energy, diversity, and lies that have stitched this nation together.


Holtzbrinck
A boldly imagined novel of the West in the years following the Civil War.

It's 1852 and a young girl in Texas is kidnapped by Indians. It's 1859 and two toddlers fall off a buckboard heading west: rumor has it they survived and are being raised by coyotes. It's 1874 and a young brave has a vision he is invincible: he will lead his people to disaster. It's 1879 and a black Mississippi sharecropper is terrorized into making the migration west. It's 1890 and we have arrived at Wounded Knee: the West has been subdued.

There have been many versions of how the West was "won," but Liar's Moon, with its coruscating vision and its rowdy vitality, outpaces them all. As it deromanticizes our greatest story, the novel shows how history slid into leg to become-in little more than thirty years-the defining myth of America. With its mix of songs and laments, tall tales, hearsay, and history, Liar's Moon is a true American original, a subversive match for the energy, diversity, and lies that have stitched this nation together.


Blackwell North Amer
It's 1852 and a young girl in Texas is kidnapped by Indians. It's 1859 and two toddlers fall off a buckboard heading west: rumor has it they survived and are being raised by coyotes. It's 1874 and a young brave has a vision he is invincible: he will lead his people to disaster. It's 1879 and a black Mississippi sharecropper is terrorized into making the migration west.
It's 1890 and we have arrived at Wounded Knee: the West has been subdued.
As it de-romanticizes our greatest story, the novel shows how history slid into legend to become - in little more than thirty years - the defining myth of America. With its mix of songs and laments, tall tales, hearsay, and history, Liar's Moon is a true American original.

Baker
& Taylor

A novel of the West deromanticizes the "winning" of the American frontier, using Black, Indian, and female voices to retell the story

Publisher: New York : H. Holt & Co., 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805061482
0805061487
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm

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LPL_ShirleyB Jan 29, 2016

This is a highly acclaimed western novel with diverse narrators.

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