Turpentine

Turpentine

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Baker & Taylor
When three friends--Edward "Ned" Turrentine Bayard III; Phaegin, who makes her living rolling cigars; and Curly, a fourteen-year-old miner--are wrongly accused of triggering a bomb at a labor rally, they engage in a circuitous escape, followed by a determined Pinkerton agent, that takes them into the boundless Great Plains in this novel set in 1871. A first novel. Original.

Perseus Publishing
A comic glance at the old American West and a serious story about transformation and redemption, Turpentine is a bold, inventive novel about a young man’s attempt to make sense of the past while unsteadily growing into adulthood. In 1871, Edward Turrentine Bayard III, sick and restless, leaves his Connecticut home to recover out west. But when the private sanitarium in which he is to stay proves to be nothing more than a rickety outpost on the Nebraskan plains, he becomes a buffalo skinner. After returning to the East, Ned teams up with Phaegin, who earns her money rolling cigars, and Curly, a fourteen-year-old coal miner, but the newfound trio is wrongly accused of triggering a bomb at a labor rally, and they must flee. With a Pinkerton agent following their every move, the gang of winsome ne’er-do-wells takes flight on a circuitous escape through northern outposts into Indian country, past the slums of Chicago, and into the boundless Great Plains. En route they become witness to the transformation and growing pains of a burgeoning nation. A picaresque novel of wonderful energy and unforgettable characters, Turpentine is a comic, prescient look at the growth of an individual and a country.


Blackwell North Amer
At once a comic glance at the old American West and a serious story about transformation and redemption, Turpentine is the literary debut from Spring Warren. Warren delivers a story about a young man's attempt to make sense of the past while unsteadily growing into adulthood.
The year is 1871, and Edward Turrentine Bayard III, sick and restless, leaves his Connecticut home to recover our west. But when the private sanitarium in which he is to stay proves to be nothing more than a rickery outpost on the Nebraskan plains, he becomes a buffalo skinner. After returning to the East, Ned teams up with Phaegin, who earns her money rolling cigars, and Curly, a fourteen-year-old coal miner, but the newfound trio is wrongly accused of triggering a bomb at a labor rally, and they must flee. With a Pinkerton agent following their every move, the gang of winsome ne'er-do-wells takes flight on a circuitous escape that takes them through northern outposts into Indian country, past the slums of Chicago, and into the boundless Great Plains. En route they become witness to the transformation and growing pains of a burgeoning nation.

Baker
& Taylor

When three friends--Edward "Ned" Turrentine Bayard III; Phaegin, who makes her living rolling cigars; and Curly, a fourteen-year-old miner--are wrongly accused of triggering a bomb at a labor rally, they engage in a circuitous escape, followed by a determined Pinkerton agent.

Publisher: New York : Black Cat, c2007
ISBN: 9780802170361
0802170366
Branch Call Number: Western Warren
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 21 cm

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mikkisgrandma
Apr 29, 2013

This is definitely a great read. The author's writing style is clever, original, creative; and entertaining--- ll in all, well worth your time. I'm going to try Spring Warren's non-fiction work next; but highly recommend her.

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