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Huck Out West

(2017)
A novel by

 
"[Coover's] pen is warmed up in hell. . . . [Huck Out West] establishes Huck in exactly the place Twain himself planned to take him. . . . [A] pulsating anti-epic." - Ron Powers, New York Times Book Review

At the end of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, on the eve of the Civil War, Huck and Tom Sawyer decide to escape "sivilization" and "light out for the Territory." In Robert Coover's Huck Out West, also "wrote by Huck," the boys do just that, riding for the famous but short-lived Pony Express, then working as scouts for both sides in the war.

They are suddenly separated when Tom decides he'd rather own civilization than leave it, returning east with his new wife, Becky Thatcher, to learn the law from her father. Huck, abandoned and "dreadful lonely," hires himself out to "whosoever." He rides shotgun on coaches, wrangles horses on a Chisholm Trail cattle drive, joins a gang of bandits, guides wagon trains, gets dragged into U.S. Army massacres, and eventually finds himself in the Black Hills just ahead of the 1876 Gold Rush. In the course of his adventures, he reunites with old friends and faces some hard truths and even harder choices.

Genre: Historical    

"A giant stands on the shoulders of a giant, and the view is large and giddying. In its vibrant skylarking and in its yearning undertow, this disenchanted enchantment throws new light on Twain's America--and on Robert Coover's." - Garth Risk Hallberg

"An extraordinary book a beautifully earnest and direct work from perhaps the most formidable trickster in American letters. Anyone with an ounce of heart in their chests should read this immediately." - Alan Moore


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Hardback Editions

January 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 0-393-60844-1 / 978-0-393-60844-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

February 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 0-393-35549-7 / 978-0-393-35549-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Huck Out West (Wheeler Large Print Western)
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 1-4104-9727-5 / 978-1-4104-9727-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
ISBN: 1-68168-381-4 / 978-1-68168-381-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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January 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


January 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Huck Out West: A Novel
Author(s): Robert Coover
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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