All Things Left Wild
All Things Left Wild

All Things Left Wild



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A Mayor's Book Club of Austin, Texas, Selection

A Barnes & Noble Pick of Best Indie eBooks of 2020

Winner of the 2020 Reading the West Book Award for Debut Fiction

Winner of the Spur Award for Best Historical Novel

A Pop Sugar Pick of Compelling Historical Fiction Books

A powerful and lyrical debut: a botched robbery sets two men on conflicting journeys across the untamed landscape of the American West.

After an attempted horse theft goes tragically wrong, sixteen-year-old Caleb Bentley is on the run with his mean-spirited older brother across the American Southwest at the turn of the twentieth century. Caleb’s moral compass and inner courage will be tested as they travel the harsh terrain and encounter those who have carved out a life there, for good or ill.

Wealthy and bookish Randall Dawson, out of place in this rugged and violent country, is begrudgingly chasing after the Bentley brothers. With little sense of how to survive, much less how to take his revenge, Randall meets Charlotte, a woman experienced in the deadly ways of life in the West. Together they navigate the murky values of vigilante justice.

Powerful and atmospheric, lyrical and fast-paced, All Things Left Wild is a coming-of-age for one man, a midlife odyssey for the other, and an illustration of the violence and corruption prevalent in our fast-expanding country. It artfully sketches the magnificence of the American West as mirrored in the human soul.