The Homesman is a devastating, humane story of early pioneers to America's West in the 1850's.
It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of-the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by that life of bitter hardship.
When a nineteen-year-old mother loses her three children to diphtheria in three days, or a woman left alone for two nights has to shoot wolves as they crash through the window, it is no wonder they should lose their minds.
After a dreadful winter, the Rev. Dowd finds there are four such cases in his parish and, as yet, no asylum in this frontier town.
A 'homesman' must be found to escort the women East to civilization.
Not a job anyone would volunteer for, it falls to Mary Bee Cuddy, ex-teacher, spinster-indomitable, resourceful, "plain as an old tin pail." Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone, and the only companion available is the low-life and untrustworthy "George Briggs," a claim-jumper.Thus begins a trek East, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, loneliness, and the unceasing aggravation of a disparate group of mad women, which provides a series of tough, fast-paced adventures and introduces two wonderful, idiosyncratic characters. Coming to cinemas in 2014 with an incredible cast - featuring Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank and John Lithgow.
Not to be missed!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/09/2014
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781471136047