So Brave, Young, and Handsome

So Brave, Young, and Handsome

Book - 2008
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A stunning successor to his best selling novel Peace Like a River , Leif Enger's new work is a rugged and nimble story about an aging train robber on a quest to reconcile the claims of love and judgment on his life, and the failed writer who goes with him.

In 1915 Minnesota, novelist Monte Becket has lost his sense of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte lives simply with his wife and son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a new world of opportunity and experience presents itself. Glendon has spent years in obscurity, but the guilt he harbors for abandoning his wife, Blue, over two decades ago, has lured him from hiding. As the modern age marches swiftly forward, Glendon aims to travel back to his past--heading to California to seek Blue's forgiveness. Beguiled and inspired, Monte soon finds himself leaving behind his own family to embark for the unruly West with his fugitive guide. As they desperately flee from the relentless Charles Siringo, an ex-Pinkerton who's been hunting Glendon for years, Monte falls ever further from his family and the law, to be tempered by a fiery adventure from which he may never get home.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780871139856
Branch Call Number: ENGER L
Characteristics: 287 pages ; 24 cm.


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Mar 06, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The characters are alive and full of human weaknesses. Enger's writing style is rich and left me wanting more.

Aug 25, 2015

I was surprised by how much I liked this book. The story is really interesting. The characters are quirky, almost McMurtry like.

Jul 07, 2014

This is an admirable follow-up to the Minnesota author's million-seller "Peace Like A River." An enjoyable road trip tale through the American West in 1915, the writing is rich and the characters are intriguing and meaningful.

Nov 10, 2013

I really enjoyed this story. I have never read this author before. I compare it a bit to Alex Miller's books, although I have only just started reading some of his too. Although I rarely read books in American settings, this story could be in Australia or any country. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. All the characters had a life of their own. It was a mystery to the end. Thank You Library. I look forward to seeing Leif's other book on the shelf, in English soon: 'Peace Like a River'

Aug 28, 2010

Set in the West in 1915 and involving a journey, Enger takes a writer with writer's block, Monte Becket, and Glendon Hale, a man with a sketchy past on a journey to find the love of Glendon's life, a woman known as Blue. It reads like a potboiler in a way, but is so full of characters you'll love getting to know and lots of writerly references that will make any fan of fiction smile.

If you've cowboys or cowgirls in your past, you'll love this tale. If you think taking a trip may help you find yourself, you may be right. I just felt disconcerted that the book's title didn't relate to a principal character.

Sep 01, 2009

A cracking good adventure tale, full of winking outlaws and relentless villains. In 1915, an aging bank robber is trying to right his past by making amends to the woman he left behind forty years earlier, and a struggling novelist joins him in his quest.


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