Hard Country (2012)
Michael McGarrity has crafted a richly authentic epic adventure of
rough-hewn men and courageous women set in the hard country
of the frontier American Southwest.
A tale of love and loss, survival and sacrifice, lawlessness and virtue, Hard Country
is a rare and extraordinary story of one family's struggle to settle and endure in the
vast, untamed territory of New Mexico.
In the wake of the death of his wife as she gives birth to his son, and the killing of his
brother on the West Texas Plains, John Kerney is
forced to give up his ranch, leave his son
behind, and strike out in search of the
murdering outlaws and a place where he can
start over. He drifts south, hiring on as a hand until he meets a man who
offers him work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory that forever
changes his life.
Spanning the years 1875 to 1918, Hard Country is as much about the
expansion of a nation as it is about the search for love, lost family, and
new beginnings in the harsh, sun-scorched, sand-blasted beauty of
gypsum white sands, black lava badlands, and towering mountain
ranges. It is an epic that infuses the tradition of the great Western novel
with historically accurate settings and intelligently drawn characters.
Packed with an honest portrayal of the people and events that set into
motion range wars, Indian raids, cattle rustling, rough justice, long-
standing feuds, murder, and the final closing of the frontier, Hard
Country resonates with a hard-bitten, atmospheric reality. It is the
Western reinvented and enlarged into an historic family saga that above
all celebrates the people and the land of the great Southwest.
THE TRADE PAPERBACK
EDITION WILL BE LAUNCHED
ON 12 JUNE 2013.
The launch will be held at
6.00 pm at the Collected
Works Bookstore in Santa Fe,
202 Galisteo St.,
Hard Country will be
displayed for a month in the
front of the store at every
Barnes & Noble nationwide.