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The Outlander by Gil Adamson
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May 05, 08

bookshelves: adult-fiction, historical, adventure
Read in May, 2008

The widow, Mary Boulton, is on the run. After finally having too much of her husband's shenanigans and rough treatment, she's killed him and now has to escape his brothers who are trying to hunt her down. Set in the Canadian wilderness in 1903, The Outlander follows the widow's path through an elderly woman's care, the mountains, her encounter with a lone mountain man, and a small mining town as she attempts to shake her past.

Adamson's detailed prose propels the narrative forward as the widow stumbles through her journey. Her portrayal of the widow is distinctly humanizing despite the atrocity of her crime--you can't help but rooting for Mary through it all. And just when you think the story is about to spiral into another damsel in distress yarn, Adamson surprises you.
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