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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.
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