The outlander

Front Cover
Anansi, May 31, 2007 - Fiction - 389 pages
526 Reviews
In 1903 a mysterious, desperate young woman flees alone across the west, one quick step ahead of the law. She has just become a widow by her own hand. Gil Adamson's extraordinary novel opens in heart-pounding mid-flight and propels the reader through a gripping road trip with a twist -- the steely outlaw in this story is a grief-struck nineteen-year-old woman. As the young widow encounters characters of all stripes -- unsavoury, wheedling, greedy, lascivious, self-reliant, and occasionally generous and trustworthy -- Adamson weds her brilliant literary style to the gripping, moving, picaresque tale of one woman's deliberate journey into the wild. When Gil Adamson published her first two books, a volume of poetry (Primitive; 1991) and a collection of stories (Help Me, Jacques Cousteau; 1995), readers immediately recognized a unique and unusually compelling voice, one that partnered the random and the surreal with a finely tuned technical brilliance. The Outlander more than fulfills the promise of that voice.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Great plot with beautiful poetic writing. - Goodreads
A good book, but somewhat hard to read. - Goodreads
Strong heroine well-written and researched - Goodreads
Well written 'character development' story. - Goodreads
The most anti-climactic ending ever. - Goodreads
Totally absorbing, well written, a page turner! - Goodreads

Review: The Outlander

User Review  - Cynthia - Goodreads

I was hooked and agree with one of the blurbs on the back of the book that you may want to read this twice--once for the plot and characters, and once for the way it is written. I found myself in the ... Read full review

Review: The Outlander

User Review  - Heather Thurston - Goodreads

What a incredible story. I am very disappointed I did not take longer to read it. Being Gil Adamson's first novel I am impressed and I am looking forward to reading another one of her stories. Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

23 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

The offspring of a family that has been in Canada for eight generations, Gil Adamson was the first baby born in North York, Ontario in 1961, an accident of birth which might partly explain her wary and perceptive take on the hidden eccentricities of suburban life. On graduation in 1985, she joined Coach House Press as publicist and editorial assistant, and in 1987 became publishing assistant at CBC "Radio Guide".

Bibliographic information