The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel

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Stansel writes well and moves effortlessly from past to present and from the perspectives of Silas and Frank to that of Lena. A stirring narrative of hostility, pursuit, and the desire for vengeance.
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“One of the most compelling novels I’ve read in a long time.” —Eowyn Ivey
 
One of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of the Year
A Library Journal’s High-Profile Debut
 
“Shares the trail with the likes of Edward Abbey, Cormac McCarthy, and Larry McMurtry.” —Craig Johnson, best-selling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis for the hit showLongmire
 
When Silas Van Loy flees home on horseback to avoid capture for his brother’s murder, he is followed by both the police and his brother’s wife, Lena, who is intent on exacting revenge. She reluctantly lets her trusted stable assistant join her in a journey across the wilds of Northern California in the hopes of catching Silas for one final showdown. Stansel follows the chase and shares the story of the brothers’ rise from hardscrabble childhood to their reign as the region’s preeminent horse trainers, tracking the tense sibling rivalry that ultimately leads to the elder’s death. 
            A “fast-paced, moving narrative in which family loyalty is tested, broken, and redeemed in unexpected ways,”* The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo will satisfy fans of Kent Haruf, Charles Portis, Molly Gloss, and Smith Henderson, and establish Stansel as a new voice in this grand tradition.
 
 “To find a story set in the horse world, entwined with horses and horse people, yet without reading like the typical ‘horse book’? That’s a rare thing indeed. That’s exactly the balance that Stansel has struck with care.” —HorseNation

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Published July 4, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 208 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Stansel writes well and moves effortlessly from past to present and from the perspectives of Silas and Frank to that of Lena. A stirring narrative of hostility, pursuit, and the desire for vengeance.

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