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The homesman / Glendon Swarthout.

By: Swarthout, Glendon, 1918-1992 [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Publisher: Leicester [England] Thorpe, 2016Edition: Large print edition.Description: 320 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781444826753 (hbk).Subject(s): Women pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Women -- Suicidal behavior -- Fiction | United States -- Social life and customs -- 1765-1865 -- FictionGenre/Form: Large type books | Western stories. | Large type books.Summary: In the American West in the 1850s, pioneer women are struggling with broken hearts and minds as they face bitter hardships. A 'homesman' must be found to escort a handful of these women back east to a sanatorium. Not exactly a job people are lining up for, it falls to Mary Bee Cuddy, an ex-teacher and spinster who is indomitable, resourceful, and 'plain as an old tin pail'. Mary Bee knows she can't make it alone, so she takes along her only available companion: the lowlife claim-jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east against the tide of colonization, Indian attacks, ice storms, loneliness, and the unceasing aggravation of a disparate group of mad women. This is the tale of their journey, and a tribute to the men and women who homesteaded the frontier.
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In the American West in the 1850s, pioneer women are struggling with broken hearts and minds as they face bitter hardships. A 'homesman' must be found to escort a handful of these women back east to a sanatorium. Not exactly a job people are lining up for, it falls to Mary Bee Cuddy, an ex-teacher and spinster who is indomitable, resourceful, and 'plain as an old tin pail'. Mary Bee knows she can't make it alone, so she takes along her only available companion: the lowlife claim-jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east against the tide of colonization, Indian attacks, ice storms, loneliness, and the unceasing aggravation of a disparate group of mad women. This is the tale of their journey, and a tribute to the men and women who homesteaded the frontier.

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