Paint the Wind

Cathy Cash Spellman, Author Delacorte Press $19.95 (713p) ISBN 978-0-385-29537-6
A plot teeming with outsize characters and melodramatic incident propels this gaudy Western extravaganza that sweeps from a Louisiana plantation during the Civil War to a wide-open Colorado mining town. Lovely, headstrong Fancy Deverell is saved from marauding Yankees by Atticus, a wise old slave whose offensive shuffling is a hint of stereotypes to come--a hissing Chinaman, a whore with a heart of gold, a laconic gunslinger. Young Fancy is next befriended by a mystic and an irritating Shakespeare-quoting dwarf from a traveling circus. Then Atticus dies out West and Fancy is found half-frozen by Hart and Chance McAllister, brothers searching for a legendary silver lode. Fancy strikes it rich as an actress and as mistress of powerful Jason Madigan; gambling Chance, whom she loves, and Hart, who loves her, cash in, too. Spellman ( An Excess of Love ) uneasily blends New Age mysticism with the roaring Wild West of saloons, whorehouses and noble Indians in a vibrantly colored yarn that is good entertainment, if inaccurate. Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
Mass Market Paperbound - 10 pages - 978-0-440-20813-6
Vinyl-bound - 1639 pages - 978-1-56956-296-3
Paperback - 736 pages - 978-0-595-16148-5
Paperback - 742 pages - 978-0-9834087-8-9
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