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Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife.
A diverse array of outcasts collide in a small Texas town, on the hunt for a pirate’s buried treasure.
We’re Not As Different As You Think
Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, Louis L’Amour
Lucinda Goddard, an “upstairs girl” with epilepsy posing as a schoolteacher, and Officer Nate Cannon, a rookie tin star on his first field assignment.
Scarlett Johansson and Ethan Hawke, respectively
Although Kent’s prose makes everything from a Texas sunset to a New Orleans bordello sound breathtakingly beautiful, there’s no denying that post-Civil War Texas was not a pleasant place to live.
‘Oklahoma, I’m sure your wife is as faithful as the North Star. From what I’ve been told, you’re not much for farming, but you know horses better than most, and we fight for the same side. But I didn’t spend the past twenty years of my life learning to appreciate the merits of mankind. You’re young. You’ll learn.’ He fit his hat carefully back on his head and said, ‘Church is at nine.’
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