The Outlander

The Outlander

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"In 1903, a mysterious, desperate woman flees alone across the west, one quick step ahead of the law. She has just become a widow by her own hand. Two vengeful brothers and a pack of bloodhounds track her across the western wilderness. She is nineteen years old and half mad. Gil Adamson's extraordinary award-winning novel opens in heart-pounding mid-flight and propels the reader through a gripping road trip with a twist -- the steely outlaw in this story is a grief-stricken young woman. Along the way she encounters characters of all stripes -- unsavoury, wheedling, greedy, lascivious, self-reliant, and occasionally generous and trustworthy. Part historical novel, part Gothic tale, and part literary Western, The Outlander is an original and unforgettable read."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Anansi,, 2020
Description: 392 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781487007300


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Feb 23, 2021

Loved this book about Mary Boulton!

Feb 08, 2021

An unusual story line. Beautiful prose and excellent writing capability that sometimes requires a little patience by the readers but which manages to keep teasing the readers along by raising many intriguing questions.

Dec 07, 2020

As the previous reader points out, this book is the prequel to Gil Adamson's recent book, Ridgerunner, which was nominated for the Giller Prize. You really need to read this one first as it introduces you to the two main characters, Mary Boulton, who is the Outlander, and William Moreland, who is the Ridgerunner.
This is a fabulous read, with the most imaginative and fascinating cast of characters. The writing is lyrical and fluid. As with other readers, I read this in 2 days in every available moment I could find. Reading it is a fully immersive experience.

Jun 16, 2020

A well-researched and engaging adventure yarn set in 1903 about a young woman on the run in mountainous Alberta from two brothers seeking revenge. Ill-prepared for the ordeal, the woman suffers cold and starvation as she crosses the pass through Crow territory. There is a sense of community among wary people who scratch out an existence in the frontier wilderness, a willingness to help a stranger when they themselves have little to share, perhaps a form of insurance should fortune turn against them. The woman’s journey is mental as well as physical; her resourcefulness and confidence grow. People had to be tough to survive. The book also incorporates into the story the historic landslide in the mining town of Frank, Alberta. The writing evocatively captures the rugged beauty of the landscape, the rocks, the trees, the animals, the light, the odors, what can be eaten. The author recently released a follow-up book to the woman’s tale, Ridgerunner.

May 24, 2020

There is such cadence and rhythm in the language, so much sensitivity of the writing in this novel set in the early 1990s about a widow on the run in Western Canada. There is much edge-of-your-seat suspense, and the characters, the widow, the twins, the Ridgerunner, and McEchern, are strong.
I couldn’t put the book down and read it in two sittings. I look forward to reading her latest.

Dec 26, 2018

I could easily read & enjoy this again . Please buy more of her books.

Nov 24, 2018

I liked how the author placed the events with the slide at Frank. I was going to give this 4 ½ stars, but when I read the final 2 words of the book, it was 5 stars. Excellent!

Oct 08, 2016

A memorable novel about a young girls flight from across the Rocky Mountains in the early 1900's from a disastrous marriage which saw her murder her husband. Her two brothers in law pursue her in revenge. The story was filled with great characters and places. Well worth a read.

Feb 27, 2016

Incredibly slow with description that doesn't seem to lead anywhere. If you want nice imagery, this book will allow your mind to create a lot, but I quit reading after Part I.

May 04, 2015

Very descriptive through the entire book.. In fact, for me it was a bit much. If there is a followup I doubt I will read it. However I liked how it ended.

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