The outlander

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Anansi, May 31, 2007 - Fiction - 389 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Anne Wright - Goodreads

The Outlander by Gill Adamson wasn't sure about this book - Overview The widow walks out of her home and away from everything she knows. She takes nothing with her and has no idea how she will survive ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nipuna - Goodreads

This was an interesting story and it immediately and continually reminded me of Cormac McCarthy's The Road but it was less visually desolate. It was lonely and vast at times but it was in the beauty ... Read full review


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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".

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