In Calamity's Wake

In Calamity's Wake

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"In the badlands of the North American West in the late 1800s, a young woman, Miette, embarks on a quest to find the mother who abandoned her: the notorious Calamity Jane. Miette knows Jane only as an infamous soldier, drinker and exhibition shooter, but she sets out nonetheless across a landscape peopled with madwomen, thieves, minstrels and ghosts, each of them adding to the story of her famous mother."--Inside front cover.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 296 p. ; 19 cm
ISBN: 9781443406703
Branch Call Number: Capl

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melwyk Jul 03, 2013

This is a Western, a modern Western that owes much to the dreamscapes of modern film, to magical realism, and to feminist rewritings of the great themes of epic Western novels.

The story ranges over the West, with barrooms, outcasts, wolves, outlaws, danger, prostitutes, vaudeville, and many other western tropes. It mixes fiction with historical fact, on both people and events, and creates a collage-like reading experience.

I admire this book, for its creativity (and the gorgeous book design) but it's not something I'll read again. Stories about the West intrigue and fascinate me generally, but I just couldn't fully connect with this one.

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