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Backlands

A Novel Of The American West

By Michael McGarrity

An expansive, epic tale like Philipp Meyer’s The Son, and in the wonderful storyteller vein of Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove, McGarrity’s Backlands showcases his keen eye for historical detail, awe-inspiring scenery, and the bitter harshness of life on the last vestiges of the twentieth-century frontier West.



Michael McGarrity returns with the second installment of his sweeping, richly authentic New York Times bestselling American West trilogy set in the raw, untrammeled New Mexico backlands during the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II.



Hard Country, the first novel in the Kerney family trilogy and the debut prequel to his national bestselling Kevin Kerney crime novels, was critically acclaimed for its authentic, gritty realism; its sprawling, engrossing story; and its compelling, engaging characters. An instant hit on several national bestseller lists, Hard Country continues to attract an overwhelmingly positive response from critics, booksellers, and readers.



Backlands continues the story of Patrick Kerney; his ex-wife, Emma; and their young son, Matthew, shortly after the tragic battlefield death of their eldest son, CJ, at the end of World War I. Scarred by the loss of an older brother he idolized, estranged from a father he barely knows, and deeply troubled by the failing health of a mother he adores, eight-year-old Matthew is suddenly and irrevocably forced to set aside his childhood and take on responsibilities far beyond his years. When the world spirals into the Great Depression and drought settles like a plague over the nation, Matt must abandon his own dreams to salvage the Kerney ranch. Plunged into a deep trough of dark family secrets, hidden crimes, broken promises, and lies, Matt must struggle to survive on the unforgiving, sun-blasted Tularosa Basin.


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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9780525953241


Format: Book
Author: McGarrity, Michael
Summary: Catapulted into early adulthood after the death of an older brother he idolized, eight-year-old Matthew Kerney assumes difficult responsibilities to save the family ranch against a backdrop of the Great Depression and a drought-stricken Tularosa Basin.
Title: Backlands : a novel of the American West / Michael McGarrity.
Publisher Date: New York, New York : Dutton, [2014]
Subject: Ranch life -- New Mexico -- Fiction. Family life -- New Mexico -- Fiction. Depressions -- 1929 -- New Mexico -- Fiction. New Mexico -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9780525953241 (hardcover) 0525953248 (hardcover)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 6
System Items Total: 7
Call Number: W McGarrity
Oclc: 861069000
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Bib Id: 516413

Format: Book
Author: McGarrity, Michael.
Summary: Catapulted into early adulthood after the death of an older brother he idolized, eight-year-old Matthew Kerney assumes difficult responsibilities to save the family ranch against a backdrop of the Great Depression and a drought-stricken Tularosa Basin.
Title: Backlands : a novel of the American West / Michael McGarrity.
Publisher, Date: New York, New York : Dutton, [2014]
Description: 507 pages : map ; 24 cm
Subjects: Ranch life -- New Mexico -- Fiction.
Subjects: Family life -- New Mexico -- Fiction.
Subjects: Depressions -- 1929 -- New Mexico -- Fiction.
Subjects: New Mexico -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Genre: Western stories.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references.
LCCN: 2014004445
ISBN: 9780525953241 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0525953248 (hardcover)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 6
Total Copies: 7
Call Number: W McGarrity