cover image Buffalo Girls

Buffalo Girls

Larry McMurtry. Pocket Books, $6.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-671-73527-2

Yearning for the excitement and good hunting of the pk Wild West, two mountain men and an old Indian scout dejectedly roam the prairie; an aging Calamity Jane composes brooding letters to her daughter; a madam closes her bordello to run a respectable hotel, symbolically ending the era. According to PW , ``McMurtry's genius with language always enchants, but this tale's charm is muffled by sadness.'' (Oct.)