Haints Stay

Haints Stay

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Brooke and Sugar are killers. Bird is the boy who mysteriously woke beside them while between towns. For miles, there is only desert and wilderness, and along the fringes, people. The story follows the middling bounty hunters after they've been chased from town, and Bird, each in pursuit of their own sense of belonging and justice. It features gunfights, cannibalism, barroom piano, a transgender birth, a wagon train, a stampede, and the tenuous rise of the West's first one-armed gunslinger.
Publisher: Columbus, Ohio : Two Dollar Radio, 2015.
ISBN: 9781937512323
1937512320
Branch Call Number: FIC WINNETTE, COLIN

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msummers57
Aug 15, 2016

If you liked Portis' "True Grit" or deWitt's "The Sisters Brothers" you'll like this.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 13, 2015

According to Urban Dictionary, a haint is a ghost, apparition, or lost soul. The western may be a quintessential American genre, but few serious writers have tackled it. In our own time, Cormac McCarthy stands as the undisputed master of the modern/revisionist western and "Blood Meridian" is his brutal masterpiece. He casts a long shadow and it feels inevitable that a younger writer tackling the genre will be compared to McCarthy. Colin Winnette's "Haints Stay" has more in common with another recent western, Patrick deWitt's "The Brothers Sisters" and with Jim Jarmusch's surreal "Dead Man." Winnette should be commended for attempting to work with the genre, but the book does little new and feels studied and overly self-aware. The great contemporary American western novel remains unwritten.

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