Larry McMurtry returns to the Old West in a fast-moving, comic tale about a woman determined to conquer anything that stands in the way of an ultimate confrontation with her wayward husband. In his first historical novel in ten years, Larry McMurtry introduces Mary Margaret, a nineteenth-century version of the formidable, unforgettable Aurora Greenway of Terms of Endearment. Mary Margaret is married to Dickie, who hauls supplies to the forts along the Oregon Trail and, as Mary Margaret rightly suspects, enjoys the pleasures of other women across most of the frontier. Fed up and harboring a secret love of her own, she collects the kids; her brother-in-law, Seth; her sister, Rosie; and her cranky father and makes her way westward to settle things once and for all.
'Boone's Lick' by Larry McMurtry
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Americans have always been a wandering folk. It's how the United States was settled in the first place, by people who just couldn't stop hankering after the next wide-open space. One of the most revealing tales of Daniel Boone comes from the very early 19th century, after he moved his family to Missouri. Seems a traveler asked the aging frontier hero why he'd left his previous home in Kentucky. Boone remarked that he had felt cramped by the presence of his neighbors, but added irritably that even in Missouri, "I am too much crowded.
Larry McMurtry has written so vividly and prolifically about the opening of the American West, he has become as legendary as his fictional heroes and heroines. With 23 novels, three essay collections and more than 30 screenplays in his literary "holster, including the Pulitzer Prize- winning Lonesome Dove , when McMurtry rides into town brandishing a new manuscript, hordes of readers gather 'round, eager for the latest tale. He has delivered again with Boone's Lick, an engaging story set in the s. It is the account of a determined woman's trek from Boone's Lick , Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming to find her wayward husband and speak her mind. Ma, or Mary Margaret, is a dauntless character who gathers her family around her for this journey and their "joshing, bickering and fussing, their many shared adventures and the immutable bond that keeps them together makes this a very accessible family saga.
By Larry McMurtry. Light in that at easy-to-digest pages this romp through the post-Civil War West is a wisp of a horse novel compared to the epics of the Lonesome Dove saga. Light in tone, too.