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July 21, 2016

BACK LANDS by Michael McGarrity

BACK LANDS
A Novel of the American West
The American West Trilogy
Book 2
by
Michael McGarrity
 






BOOK DETAILS
(from Night Owl Reviews)
In the New York Times bestselling Hard Country, Michael McGarrity gave readers “an expansive, lyrical period Western in the tradition of A. B. Guthrie Jr. and Larry McMurtry” (Hampton Sides). Now McGarrity continues his richly authentic epic of life on the last vestiges of the twentieth-century American frontier.
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, young Matthew Kerney 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.
 Series: The American West Trilogy (Book 2) 
Paperback: 544 pages 
Publisher: Dutton (May 5, 2015) 
Language: English  
ISBN-10: 0451471660 
ISBN-13: 978-0451471666

REVIEW
The book has detailed descriptions of the scenery in this Old West saga.  You, the reader, get a look into the history of this fiction novel.  The description of the scenery is so real you can feel the heat, you can see the buildings, you can feel the characters emotions.  We travel through time from the 1920's to World War II and get the feel of time and how it affects people. We get to know Matthew Kerney as a young child and the taking of the innocence of a child having to become older way before his time.  Circumstances can change your life in a heartbeat.  He had a mother who was dying, a father he hardly knew and what he did know, he didn't like.  Responsibilities sometimes are placed on young shoulders that should be out playing and enjoying life.  Instead he must become a man and leave childhood behind, before his childhood has even really begun.   There are always deep secrets that come to life, untruths that have been told  promises unkept and sometimes worse.  We get a glimpse of these hidden evils in this story.  I had a hard time staying with this story, perhaps because it was so real, I don't know.  Written well, plot well paced, very descriptive but just difficult for me as a reader.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews and the author, Michael McGarrity in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

I would give this book  4   STARS.






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