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West

(2018)
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When widowed mule breeder Cy Bellman reads in the newspaper that colossal ancient bones have been discovered in the salty Kentucky mud, he sets out from his small Pennsylvania farm to see for himself if the rumors are true: that the giant monsters are still alive and roam the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River. Promising to write and to return in two years, he leaves behind his daughter, Bess, to the tender mercies of his taciturn sister and heads west. With only a barnyard full of miserable animals and her dead mother's gold ring to call her own, Bess, unprotected and approaching womanhood, fills lonely days tracing her father's route on maps at the subscription library and waiting for his letters to arrive. Bellman, meanwhile, wanders farther and farther from home, across harsh and alien landscapes in reckless pursuit of the unknown.

From Frank O'Connor Award-winner Carys Davies, West is a spellbinding and timeless epic-in-miniature, an eerie parable of the American frontier, and an electric monument to possibility.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"West is a journey and a wonder. A man leaves what he loves and goes west in search of the amazing. A story concerned with value and language, love and absence, life and death. A debut of real distinction." - Bernard MacLaverty

"To read Carys Davies' West is to encounter a myth, or a potent dream—a narrative at once new and timeless. Exquisite, continent, utterly vivid, this short novel will live on in your imagination long after you read the last page." - Claire Messud

"West proves what in-the-know lovers of her short stories have already been trumpeting: Carys Davies is a deft, audacious visionary, a master of the form. In West, she breaks open our fascination with fated journeys and the irrepressible draw of the unknown, imbuing the American landscape with her own rare magic, twisting the heart as few others can, brilliantly navigating the tension between narrative minimalism and imaginative opulence." - Téa Obreht

"A story of determination, betrayal, folly, and reckless hope written in the grand tradition of the pioneers. You enter the familiar American frontier and shortly are convinced, with Davies’ hero, that the mammoths of the Pleistocene still shyly roam the Plains. The seams between imagination and history in this extraordinary story are invisible. I believed every word." - Salvatore Scibona

"Menace and mordant wit are the blood that runs through these veins, but there's a pulse of wonder in Carys Davies' West. She sees the world and its inhabitants both as we hope they are and as we fear that they might be. An audacious and enigmatic debut of thrilling dimensions, and a reminder of fiction's possibilities." - Akhil Sharma

"West has all the stark power and immediacy of a folk-tale or a legend. It is also structured with great artistry, a beguiling sense of form and pace, and a depth in the way the characters are created, making clear that Carys Davies is a writer of immense talent." - Colm Tóibín


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August 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: West (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)
Author(s): Carys Davies
ISBN: 1-4328-5315-5 / 978-1-4328-5315-0 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: West
Author(s): Carys Davies
ISBN: 1-78378-422-9 / 978-1-78378-422-6 (UK edition)
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April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: West: A Novel
Author(s): Carys Davies
ISBN: 1-5011-7934-9 / 978-1-5011-7934-1 (USA edition)
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April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: West
Author(s): Carys Davies
ISBN: 1-78378-423-7 / 978-1-78378-423-3 (UK edition)
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April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: West: A Novel
Author(s): Carys Davies
ISBN: 1-5011-7935-7 / 978-1-5011-7935-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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April 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: West: A Novel
Author(s): Carys Davies
ISBN: 1-68168-986-3 / 978-1-68168-986-9 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: West: A Novel
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: West: A Novel
Author(s): Carys Davies
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April 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: West
Author(s): Carys Davies
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April 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: West
Author(s): Carys Davies
Publisher: Granta Books
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April 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: West: A Novel
Author(s): Carys Davies
Publisher: Scribner
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