In Calamity's Wake

In Calamity's Wake

A Novel

Book - 2013
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The story of orphaned Miette's quest to find her mother, the notorious Calamity Jane. Interspersed with Miette's story are the stories of Jane as told in legend, history books, dime store novels, and by the woman herself. As Miette makes her way to Deadwood, South Dakota, history and myth collide to create a picture of a remarkable woman who shattered the expectations of her time, and a daughter who must confront the truth of her past.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013.
ISBN: 9781443406703
Characteristics: 296 pages ;,19 cm.

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melwyk Jul 03, 2013

This is a Western, a modern Western that owes much to the dreamscapes of modern film, to magical realism, and to feminist rewritings of the great themes of epic Western novels.

The story ranges over the West, with barrooms, outcasts, wolves, outlaws, danger, prostitutes, vaudeville, and many other western tropes. It mixes fiction with historical fact, on both people and events, and creates a collage-like reading experience.

I admire this book, for its creativity (and the gorgeous book design) but it's not something I'll read again. Stories about the West intrigue and fascinate me generally, but I just couldn't fully connect with this one.

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