The Outlander

The Outlander

Book - 2007
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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.

Two vengeful brothers and a pack of bloodhounds track her across the western wilderness. She is nineteen years old and half mad. 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 young woman. Along the way she encounters characters of all stripes -- unsavoury, wheedling, greedy, lascivious, self-reliant, and occasionally generous and trustworthy. Part historical novel, part Gothic tale, and part literary Western, The Outlander is an original and unforgettable read.

Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780887848285
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 21 cm.


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Oct 08, 2016

A memorable novel about a young girls flight from across the Rocky Mountains in the early 1900's from a disastrous marriage which saw her murder her husband. Her two brothers in law pursue her in revenge. The story was filled with great characters and places. Well worth a read.

Feb 27, 2016

Incredibly slow with description that doesn't seem to lead anywhere. If you want nice imagery, this book will allow your mind to create a lot, but I quit reading after Part I.

May 04, 2015

Very descriptive through the entire book.. In fact, for me it was a bit much. If there is a followup I doubt I will read it. However I liked how it ended.

Mar 05, 2015

This was my first Adamson novel and it lived up to the high praise.
Her characters are vivid and her descriptions are on point.
Very enjoyable! Five stars

Dec 18, 2014

This is a little treasure. Not a highland outlander at all. This is very well written. The characters are not only well developed with backgrounds that give them plausibility and motivation in the storyline, but give them life and believability as to their actions and decisions. It was at the same time both a gripping tale and a fun read. Too bad Gil Adamson doesn't have more books.

IPL_Mandy Jun 12, 2014

Another hidden gem in the Canadian literary scene. An old west tale starring a woman with a dark past who tries to evade capture. You don't have to be a fan of historical fiction to enjoy this well-paced story of escape and strength. I couldn't put it down!

Serving suggestion: baked beans and beef jerky.

Oct 12, 2013

So enjoyed this tale & would like more similar. Kept my interest, good descriptions, liked the writing style. Could believe it really happened.

Dec 12, 2012

Great writing and wonderful story with Canadian connection. Very much in the style of the Englishman's Boy. There is poetry in the descriptions and the vocabulary. This mysterious woman chased by the menacing twin brothers of her dead husband is desparate to save herself. We follow her flight through the old West and stop in Frank, AB. Loosely based on a true story, the author has brought the whole thing to life. Loved it.

Sep 01, 2012

Outstanding writing and a brilliant story beautifully told. An absolute page-turner; rollicking good read.

Jun 19, 2012

A suspenseful story about a woman on the run from vindictive twins, set in the west of the early 1900's. Adamson is a poet, and it shows in the writing.

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