Bruce Murkoff earned immediate critical accolades with his debut novel WATERBORNE, where he vividly depicted the confluent lives of the builders of the Boulder Dam in Colorado. In his second book, Murkoff maintains his attention to period detail and psychological insight even as expands his narrative scope by following an eclectic mix of characters from New York's Hudson River Valley who are struggling to survive one of the most violent and turbulent times in American history--the Civil War. It is 1864, and as the war begins to escalate elsewhere in the country, more and more of the local men are siphoned onto the battlefield, and the strife and anguish of the conflict begin to radiate deep into Murkoff's community of characters, all of whom are memorably vivid and complex. The fulcrum of the group is Dr. Will Harp, who has returned home after becoming disillusioned with his previous post riding with the cavalry during the campaign against the Native Americans. Harp's wounded spirit is invigorated by the discovery of a mastodon skeleton, which he begins to unearth and reconstruct with the help of a teen orphan named Coley Hinds, who is in danger of falling under the sway of a local Irish thug named Mickey Blessing, whose career in violence temporarily allows him to overcome the oppression he's experienced as an immigrant.
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- Alfred a Knopf Inc
- July 6, 2010
- July 6, 2010
- Bruce Murkoff