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The Outlander by Gil Adamson
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Sep 19, 10

Read from September 11 to 19, 2010

I cannot recommend this book enough. There have been several references to Cormac McCarthy, a comparison that is quite apt. This is Cormac McCarthy if he was female and a poet. The language is beautiful, precise, and constantly surprising. From the first paragraph, the book compels your forward, making it difficult to put down. While we know that the widow killed her husband, we don't know why or under what circumstances, and the withholding doesn't feel cheap or gimmicky, but instead like a natural result of the widow's fractured consciousness. It just so happens to create excellent tension along the way.

As the widow's memories force themselves upon her, we as readers are allowed small glimpses into her past. I love that this book doesn't provide any easy answers for what happened nor does it allow the reader to sit and ponder and wallow for long periods of time.

Of course, Adamson has a way not only with language and tension, but also with character. There are many memorable characters in this book who are full of realistic quirks that make them a pleasure to read.

All in all, this is a book that needs to be read immediately.
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Christopher I've seen this at the library, sounded very interesting.


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