Congratulations to Carol Wong, winner of last week's Friday Freebie: the bundle of Timothy Schaffert novels The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters, and The Coffins of Little Hope.
Road to Reckoning by Robert Lautner. It's a novel which shot straight to the summit of my always-growing To-Be-Read mountain (aka Mt. NeveRest) based simply on a gangbusters plot and some adept writing (at least in the opening pages). Here's the publisher's blurb to tell you more about what you'll find in these pages:
After twelve-year-old Thomas Walker’s father, a mild-mannered spectacles salesman hoping to raise the family’s fortunes by selling Samuel Colt’s new invention, the “Improved Revolving Gun,” is heartlessly killed and robbed on the road, Thomas escapes armed with only his own wits, courage, and determination—as well as a wooden replica of the Colt revolver. He is alone and adrift until a fortuitous encounter with Henry Stands, a formidable former Indiana ranger, leads to an improbable partnership. The two set out determined to make a moral accounting for the murder of Thomas’ father. In the spirit of The Sisters Brothers and True Grit, this spare, elegant, and emotionally resonant story conveys, through a boy's eyes, a beautiful father-son story, as well as the fascinating history of how the birth of the revolver changed the course of violence in America. Road to Reckoning offers a window into the history of the American West and the heart of a boy yearning for love.If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of Road to Reckoning, simply email your name and mailing address to
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