Savage Country

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$15.95  $14.67
Algonquin Books
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5.5 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Robert Olmstead is the author of eight previous books. Coal Black Horse was the winner of the Heartland Prize for Fiction. The Coldest Night was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Far Bright Star was the winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. Olmstead is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant and is a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University.


"Robert Olmstead gets better with every book. If you know all of his previous books, you know how startling this fact is, and how startlingly good this writer is."
─​Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

"The precision and poetry of the author's language have a paradoxical effect: they make the setting strange and distinct while imbuing characters and their actions with a particular immediacy . . . A story about America told through its land and its animals and its diverse people and, especially, through the experiences of two vivid, singular, powerful characters. Another gorgeous, brutal masterpiece from a great American writer."
─Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This is a powerful depiction of the brutality of the Old West, where life was cheap and easily taken."
─Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove will enjoy this thoroughly researched epic Western."
─Library Journal

"[A] deeply emotional experience . . . Savage Country is an unforgettable, unflinching, yet distinctly moving story of human greed and desire."

"Like so many outstanding novels about the taming of the West, there is a tragic ambiguity at the heart of Olmstead's brutal but beautiful tale of the last buffalo hunt. For a certain kind of uncompromising yet lyrical writer - think Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurtry, or William Kittredge - the West offers a stage for a special kind of archetypal, almost Shakespearean tragedy, and Olmstead makes the most of it."
─Booklist (starred review)

"[Olmstead] has crafted another dark, contemplative western with his new novel . . . his brutally spare sentences create an apocalyptic mood reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy."
─ Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"[A] majestic, thrilling tale of a small band of people hunting buffalo in the territory south of Kansas in the tense and unpredictable years after the Civil War."
─Columbus Dispatch