THE ROAD TO RECKONING by ROBERT LAUTNER.
SOURCE: A GoodReads win. An uncorrected Proof copy, whilst Amazon details as always are available by clicking on the book title I have been asked not to quote directly from the book.
MY THOUGHTS: Though narrated by his adult self, the novel, set in 1930's America, is in fact the childhood story of Thomas Walker.
A debut novel described as a 'Western-style adventure' which will 'enthral fans of Cold Mountain and True Grit'. Not having read many 'Westerns' (my main experience of the genre being the 1950's 'Cowboys and Indians' novels read by my grandfather and father in law) and never having seen either of these films I wasn't sure just what exactly to expect.
Whilst this had everything commonly associated with the 'Western' (dust, horses, camp fires, disused mines, stores that sell pretty much everything, guns - much of the story revolves around the newly invented Colt revolver) it was so, so much more.
Beautifully written. The Appalachian frontier towns with all their poverty, violence and religious fervour were wonderfully described. The details of twelve year old Thomas' journey as he travels through the open plains of America to his New York home exceptional. The Road To Reckoning is a real coming of age story with a big heart.
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