Cindy Bonner, Author Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $17.95 (350p) ISBN 978-0-945575-95-5
Loosely based on historical events and possessing a simple, frontier-legend plot--farmer's daughter and dashing outlaw fall for each other--this sensitive, winning western a la Larry McMurtry might easily attract fans outside its genre. The year is 1883. The town is McDade, Tex. Narrator Lily Delony, 15, can't stop thinking about 18-year-old Marion Beatty, kid brother of three notorious ruffians known as ``the Beatty gang.'' Marion begs Lily, ``Don't judge me by them over there''--meaning his robbing, murdering siblings--and she trusts him, risking her reputation to sneak out with him at night. When McDade's citizens organize a posse to rid themselves once and for all of the Beatty gang, Lily is torn between loyalty to her respectable family and love for her gun-totin' Romeo. First novelist Bonner credibly conveys her heroine's sincerity, bravery and naivete as well as rugged Marion's charming-yet-dangerous persona. Even readers who ordinarily shun shoot-'em-up, rough-and-ready novels will sympathize with the lovers and become caught up in this exciting story. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/28/1992
Release date: 10/01/1992
Genre: Fiction
Mass Market Paperbound - 320 pages - 978-0-451-40439-8
Library Binding - 365 pages - 978-1-56054-743-3
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