My Alphabet Reading Challenge - E

Author: Anne

Date Published: Aug 12th 2018, 8:06pm

I first read “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell some time ago because it was recommended by a podcast I was listening to. The concept of that novel is mad but the execution is incredible leading to a unique and harrowing tale. I thought that the sequel was less successful. In my usual obsessive fashion I then obtained copies of all this author’s other novels and was blown away again by “Doc” which is a Western, a genre I don’t usually read. My E book is “Epitaph”, the sequel to “Doc”.

This book is set in and around the events of the gunfight at the OK Corral. It follows on from “Doc” but you don’t have to have read the first book. The author concentrates on the Earp brothers and particularly on the women who are associated with them. I am assuming that this is accurate historically with regard to the events, if not to the detail.

I loved this novel. I thought that the author really helped me to understand the times and the environment in which the book was set. I loved how she developed the tension and showed us how small decisions or misunderstandings can make a difference. The ending reveals how legends are made and that was part of the story too.

I highly recommend this book and think it is enhanced by having read “Doc” first even though it is not strictly necessary. This is great storytelling and the characters are truly engaging and very human. I laughed, I couldn’t put it down and then I cried.

I can’t think of any other Westerns I have read other than “The Sisters Brothers” which I didn’t enjoy at all. I would pick another one up if I saw it but I am not hooked on the genre, more on the author’s writing. I also recommend to you “A Thread of Grace” and “Dreamers of the Day” by the same author which are not Westerns.

We move on to F now and another novel, “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” by Fannie Flagg. This one is set in the American South rather than the West and takes place mostly between the wars although there is some element of flashback.