Sun Going Down

Sun Going Down

Book - 2008
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From an award-winning author whose ancestors lived the adventures in this novel comes a spectacular new epic about the American West.

Part history, part romance, and part action-adventure novel, Sun Going Down follows the fortunes of Ebenezer Paint and his descendants -- rough and tough individuals who are caught up in Civil War river battles, epic cattle drives through drought and blizzards, the horrors of Wounded Knee, the desperation of the dust bowl, and the prosperity of the roaring 1920s. The page-turning plot is peopled by a vibrant, unforgettable cast of characters: a grizzled Mississippi steamboat merchant, two horse-thieving brothers, five Annie Oakley-like sisters who can outride any cowboy, a half-Sioux bride who demands her new family claim her heritage, and a courageous daughter who defies her father and braves the West alone. Throughout their lives, the Paint family must battle both internal and external elements, and learn to live with spirit and wit.

Letters and diaries from the author's own family archives form the basis for all the events and characters in Sun Going Down , infusing the novel with richly detailed authenticity and deep emotional power. It is intimate in its portraits of the unforgettable characters who settled our country, sweeping in its geographical reach from Vicksburg up through Montana and the Dakotas, and epic as it spans four generations from the Civil War to the Great Depression.

Masterfully written, Sun Going Down holds the reader fast through tears, laughter, terror, and joy until the very last heart-gripping page is turned.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781416550495
1416550496
9781416550488
1416550488
Branch Call Number: TODD J
Characteristics: 467 pages : maps ; 25 cm.

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Mar 05, 2012

Jack Todd can tell a story. He grabs you in the first couple of pages and I don't want to put it down until I know the whole story. His dialogue is real; his characters are alive; the landscape is another character. I hope he keeps writing so I can keep reading him.

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