The Outlander by Gil Adamson

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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's Cold 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.


About Gil Adamson

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Gil Adamson is the author of two books of poetry and a collection of stories, Help Me, Jacques Cousteau. The Outlander is her first novel. She lives with fellow writer Kevin Connolly in Toronto.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 404 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Westerns, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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The perambulations of a young woman across an austere landscape, knowing what she's running from but fuzzy about what she's running toward.

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Set in 1903, Adamson’s compelling debut tells the wintry tale of 19-year-old Mary Boulton (“[w]idowed by her own hand”) and her frantic odyssey across Idaho and Montana. The detai

Feb 11 2008 | Read Full Review of The Outlander (P.S.)

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Gil Adamson's debut novel, The Outlander, grips from the start as a young widow battles through the wilderness, fleeing the scene of her husband's murder.

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But nothing will stop her husband's brothers, and soon after the famous Frank Slide, when 74 million tons of mountain crashed to the valley below, they manage to catch up to her.Readers will feel as breathless as Mary as they follow her frantic dash across the snow-bound mountains.

Nov 15 2017 | Read Full Review of The Outlander (P.S.)

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From the opening line of, "It was night, and dogs came through the trees, unleashed and howling," to the final words, "Find me," on the last page of the story, and with all of the exactly right words in between, the novel grabs and holds from first to last.Maddened from her 34-year-old husband's ...

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