Liar's Moon: A Long Story

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Penguin, 2000 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Philip Kimball is an authentic voice of the American west. With its mix of songs and laments, tall tales, history, and hearsay, Liar's Moon brings together the first-person stories of, among others, a young girl kidnapped by Indians in 1852, two toddlers who fell off a buckboard and were raised by coyotes, a pioneering black Mississippi sharecropper, and a young brave who believes he is invincible. Culminating in 1890 at Wounded Knee, Liar's Moon captures the quintessential American myth -- the closing of the frontier -- with uniquely American energy, diversity, and wit. Philip Caputo called Liar's Moon "an epic poem. If it fails to seize you from the first page on, then I suggest you've been watching too much television...Full of raw vitality and hopes of people seeking to slip the+ bonds of the past, of history itself".

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I would have thought that by now it would be impossible to write anything interesting and new about the settling of the American West. In Liarís Moon, however, Philip Kimball does just that, offering ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Philip Kimball grew up working on his family farm before going to Germany as a Fulbright Scholar and returning to a variety of blue-collar jobs. Harvesting Ballads, his first novel, appeared in 1984 ("one of the year's most original novels"-Publishers Weekly), and Liar's Moon is his second. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

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