Oklahoma Odyssey


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$24.95  $23.20
Bison Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.73 inches | 0.91 pounds

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About the Author

John Mort is a writer and farmer. He is the author of eleven books, including Soldier in Paradise and Down along the Piney: Ozark Stories. His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including the New Yorker, Missouri Review, the Chicago Tribune, the Arkansas Review, and Sixfold.


"Oklahoma Odyssey, rich in character and western history, draws you in and doesn't let go."--Monty McCord, author of Mundy's Law
"As mythology is a hybrid of history and lore, so too is Oklahoma Odyssey, with a slurry of characters with crosses to bear as they inhabit the borderland of Kansas and Oklahoma Territory. . . . Mort's keen attention to detail and refusal to oversimplify and homogenize keep the tension elevated in this commanding portrait of Americana."--Sidney Thompson, author of the Bass Reeves Trilogy
"One might expect a tale of murder and revenge à la True Grit, but John Mort has chosen, with his Mennonites in a new world, to tell a much richer, more forgiving story. And it's a damn good one, culminating in that last land run. . . . I cannot recommend it highly enough."--Tim Bazzett, author of Soldier Boy
"A spirited wide-angle Western with a revenge story at its core. . . . Deeply researched and empathetically imagined, this story explores the problematic convergence of Osages and Mennonites, pacifism and prejudice, as two sort-of brothers and a maybe-sister seek their fortunes in stolen territory. An invigorating read."--Janet Burroway, author of Cutting Stone
"Oklahoma Odyssey has original, non-stereotyped characters and a wealth of details from everyday life. The characterization conveys . . . a commendable ethical view of human nature. At the same time, it does not indulge it what seems to be the prevailing practice of dishing up violence and sensationalism."--John Nesbitt, author of West of Dancing Rock
"Oklahoma Odyssey perfectly captures the era of the Oklahoma land rush in a story that is rich in historical detail. . . . Mort surrounds Euly with a compelling cast of characters and a story that both surprises and feels inevitable. It's a terrific book that illuminates a lesser-known part of American history with a plot that will keep you reading through its crisp turns."--Steve Wiegenstein, author of Scattered Lights and the Daybreak Series