The Outlander

The Outlander

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
Fleeing the law in 1903 after killing her husband, Mary Boulton races toward the mountains while being tormented by visions about the cold-blooded brothers-in-law who pursue her, a situation that forces her to retreat deeper into the wilds of the West and her own imagination. A first novel. 35,000 first printing.

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In 1903 a mysterious young woman flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, Mary Boulton has just become a widow—and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death. Responding to little more than the primitive fight for life, the widow retreats ever deeper into the wilderness—and into the wilds of her own mind—encountering an unforgettable cast of eccentrics along the way.

With the stunning prose and captivating mood of great works like Charles Frazier'sCold Mountain or early Cormac McCarthy, Gil Adamson's intoxicating debut novel weds a brilliant literary style to the gripping tale of one woman's desperate escape.



Blackwell North Amer
In 1903 a mysterious young woman flees alone across the West, one heart-pounding step ahead of the law. At nineteen, Mary Boulton has just become a widow - and her husband's killer. As bloodhounds track her frantic race toward the mountains, she is tormented by mad visions and by the knowledge that her two ruthless brothers-in-law are in pursuit, determined to avenge their younger brother's death. Responding to little more than the primitive fight for life, the widow retreats ever deeper into the wilderness - and into the wilds of her own mind - encountering an unforgettable cast of eccentrics along the way.

Baker
& Taylor

Fleeing the law in 1903 after killing her husband, Mary Boulton races toward the mountains while being tormented by visions of the cold-blooded brothers-in-law who pursue her, forcing her to retreat deeper into the wilds of the West and her own imagination.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061491252
006149125X
Branch Call Number: FICTION ADAMSON
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 24 cm

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finn75
Oct 08, 2016

A memorable novel about a young girls flight from across the Rocky Mountains in the early 1900's from a disastrous marriage which saw her murder her husband. Her two brothers in law pursue her in revenge. The story was filled with great characters and places. Well worth a read.

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LexiLou2
Feb 27, 2016

Incredibly slow with description that doesn't seem to lead anywhere. If you want nice imagery, this book will allow your mind to create a lot, but I quit reading after Part I.

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foxylady31
May 04, 2015

Very descriptive through the entire book.. In fact, for me it was a bit much. If there is a followup I doubt I will read it. However I liked how it ended.

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annphi
Mar 05, 2015

This was my first Adamson novel and it lived up to the high praise.
Her characters are vivid and her descriptions are on point.
Very enjoyable! Five stars

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Donna1M
Dec 18, 2014

This is a little treasure. Not a highland outlander at all. This is very well written. The characters are not only well developed with backgrounds that give them plausibility and motivation in the storyline, but give them life and believability as to their actions and decisions. It was at the same time both a gripping tale and a fun read. Too bad Gil Adamson doesn't have more books.

IPL_Mandy Jun 12, 2014

Another hidden gem in the Canadian literary scene. An old west tale starring a woman with a dark past who tries to evade capture. You don't have to be a fan of historical fiction to enjoy this well-paced story of escape and strength. I couldn't put it down!

Serving suggestion: baked beans and beef jerky.

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IV27HUjg
Oct 12, 2013

So enjoyed this tale & would like more similar. Kept my interest, good descriptions, liked the writing style. Could believe it really happened.

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GLNovak
Dec 12, 2012

Great writing and wonderful story with Canadian connection. Very much in the style of the Englishman's Boy. There is poetry in the descriptions and the vocabulary. This mysterious woman chased by the menacing twin brothers of her dead husband is desparate to save herself. We follow her flight through the old West and stop in Frank, AB. Loosely based on a true story, the author has brought the whole thing to life. Loved it.

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jhurly
Sep 01, 2012

Outstanding writing and a brilliant story beautifully told. An absolute page-turner; rollicking good read.

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alikast
Jun 19, 2012

A suspenseful story about a woman on the run from vindictive twins, set in the west of the early 1900's. Adamson is a poet, and it shows in the writing.

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