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New York, New York : Dutton, 2014.
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507 pages : map ; 24 cm
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Catapulted into early adulthood after the death of an older brother he idolized, eight-year-old Matthew Kerney assumes difficult responsibilities to save the family ranch against a backdrop of the Great Depression and a drought-stricken Tularosa Basin.
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"A novel of the American west"
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2014004445
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9780525953241 (hardcover)
0525953248 (hardcover)
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861069000
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Catapulted into early adulthood after the death of an older brother he idolized, 8-year-old Matthew, the son of Patrick Kerney, assumes difficult responsibilities to save the family ranch against a backdrop of the Great Depression and a drought-stricken Tularosa Basin. By the best-selling author of the Kevin Kerney series. - (Baker & Taylor)

Catapulted into early adulthood after the death of an older brother he idolized, eight-year-old Matthew Kerney assumes difficult responsibilities to save the family ranch against a backdrop of the Great Depression and a drought-stricken Tularosa Basin. - (Baker & Taylor)

An expansive, epic tale like Philipp Meyer’s The Son, and in the wonderful storyteller vein of Larry McMurtry’sLonesome Dove, McGarrity’s Backlands showcases his keen eye for historical detail, awe-inspiring scenery, and the bitter harshness of life on the last vestiges of the twentieth-century frontier West.

Michael McGarrity returns with the second installment of his sweeping, richly authenticNew York Times bestselling American West trilogy set in the raw, untrammeled New Mexico backlands during the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II.

Hard Country, the first novel in the Kerney family trilogy and the debut prequel to his national bestselling Kevin Kerney crime novels, was critically acclaimed for its authentic, gritty realism; its sprawling, engrossing story; and its compelling, engaging characters. An instant hit on several national bestseller lists, Hard Country continues to attract an overwhelmingly positive response from critics, booksellers, and readers.

Backlands continues the story of Patrick Kerney; his ex-wife, Emma; and their young son, Matthew, shortly after the tragic battlefield death of their eldest son, CJ, at the end of World War I. Scarred by the loss of an older brother he idolized, estranged from a father he barely knows, and deeply troubled by the failing health of a mother he adores, eight-year-old Matthew is suddenly and irrevocably forced to set aside his childhood and take on responsibilities far beyond his years. When the world spirals into the Great Depression and drought settles like a plague over the nation, Matt must abandon his own dreams to salvage the Kerney ranch. Plunged into a deep trough of dark family secrets, hidden crimes, broken promises, and lies, Matt must struggle to survive on the unforgiving, sun-blasted Tularosa Basin. - (Penguin Putnam)

An expansive, epic tale like Philipp Meyer’s The Son, and in the wonderful storyteller vein of Larry McMurtry’sLonesome Dove, McGarrity’s Backlands showcases his keen eye for historical detail, awe-inspiring scenery, and the bitter harshness of life on the last vestiges of the twentieth-century frontier West.

Michael McGarrity returns with the second installment of his sweeping, richly authenticNew York Times bestselling American West trilogy set in the raw, untrammeled New Mexico backlands during the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, and World War II.

Hard Country, the first novel in the Kerney family trilogy and the debut prequel to his national bestselling Kevin Kerney crime novels, was critically acclaimed for its authentic, gritty realism; its sprawling, engrossing story; and its compelling, engaging characters. An instant hit on several national bestseller lists, Hard Country continues to attract an overwhelmingly positive response from critics, booksellers, and readers.

Backlands continues the story of Patrick Kerney; his ex-wife, Emma; and their young son, Matthew, shortly after the tragic battlefield death of their eldest son, CJ, at the end of World War I. Scarred by the loss of an older brother he idolized, estranged from a father he barely knows, and deeply troubled by the failing health of a mother he adores, eight-year-old Matthew is suddenly and irrevocably forced to set aside his childhood and take on responsibilities far beyond his years. When the world spirals into the Great Depression and drought settles like a plague over the nation, Matt must abandon his own dreams to salvage the Kerney ranch. Plunged into a deep trough of dark family secrets, hidden crimes, broken promises, and lies, Matt must struggle to survive on the unforgiving, sun-blasted Tularosa Basin.
- (Random House, Inc.)

Author Biography

MICHAEL MCGARRITY is the New York Times bestselling author of Hard Country, the Anthony Award-nominated Tularosa, and eleven other bestselling Kevin Kerney crime novels. A former deputy sheriff for Santa Fe County, he also served as an instructor at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and as an investigator for the New Mexico public defender’s office. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Emily Beth.
- (Penguin Putnam)

MICHAEL MCGARRITY is the New York Times bestselling author of Hard Country, the Anthony Award-nominatedTularosa, and eleven other bestselling Kevin Kerney crime novels. A former deputy sheriff for Santa Fe County, he also served as an instructor at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and as an investigator for the New Mexico public defender’s office. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife, Emily Beth. - (Random House, Inc.)

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McGarrity's first Kevin Kerney mystery, Tularosa (1996), took the Santa Fe policeman back to the New Mexico ranch where he grew up. In 2012, McGarrity turned from mysteries to historical fiction with Hard Country, the first of a trilogy concerning Kerney's ancestors. Now, in the second volume in the series, the family saga moves from the 1920s through WWII, focusing on Kerney's grandfather Patrick and father, Matthew; their troubled relationship; and their ongoing struggle to manage the family ranch in "the unforgiving, treacherous mountains and desert of southern New Mexico." McGarrity writes about the landscape of the American southwest with loving detail and rough-hewn eloquence, but he is equally good here with the human stories and the historical backdrop—the Depression, daily life in the water-starved high desert, and the fascinating story of the WPA's Civilian Conservation Corps, a favorite program of FDR's that brought jobs to the desert and to Matthew. Through it all, though, the story of a hard-bitten father and a son forced into adulthood before his time—of loves lost, droughts endured, obstacles overcome—claims our emotions much in the manner of Ivan Doig's similarly heartfelt historical fiction. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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