In the Fur West, Chris Gashud rises from cat-raised orphan to become the leader of the first cat-herding drive in the Old West. During the early years, the multitudinous cats ford the mighty Mississippi, cause towns to burn, and drive people insane with their loud mating.
In between ambushes by Norwegian and Mexican bandits, Chris falls in love with Marie, survivor of the massacre of French tennis-resort builders. Ten years later, a tough-and-lean herd of six-million cats takes on rat-infested San Francisco in a rousing climactic battle.
This hilarious novel abounds with all the best elements the modern discerning reader expects from cat-drive yarns: fur balls, sushi, ear plugs, catapults, literary festivals, tornadoes, catnip withdrawal, the Texas-Tea Posse, and Big Foot.
THE FUR WEST
"Reading The Fur West makes me glad that I grew up to be a cat-hating, dog loving son of a gun. Paul De Lancey has taken some serious liberties with the history of The Old West, and isn't that the way it should be?"
Gordon Kirkland, Author, Syndicated Humor Columnist & Entertainer
"Of all the Western novels that litter the landscape, only The Fur West truly evokes the majesty, heartbreak and triumph associated with driving thousands of cats across the hostile landscape of the Old West. Paul De Lancey's opus is a literary and felisological triumph."
Mark A. Clements, award-winning author of The Land of Nod
"Step aside, McMurtry. Only Paul De Lancey could dream up such a hair-raising tale as The Fur West or so boldly challenge established American history."
Ken Kuhlken, author of Tom Hickey mysteries.
"Whenever I''m at a writing conference and I hear peals of late night laughter, I know that Paul De Lancey is reading one of his pieces. Paul''s original voice resonates with listeners and readers. Once you read him, be prepared to join the mirthful chorus."