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CANYONS

Samuel Western

  • Original Title: CANYONS
  • Publication date: September 2015
  • Publisher: DANIEL & DANIEL
  • Country: US
  • 176 print pages
  • Suspense/In camera

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 21st century, 20th century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: FAMILY, Mourning, PEOPLE facing life, Death, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Revenge, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Friendship, LOVE / HATE, Destruction, Redemption, Identity crisis, Moral dilemma, Rivalry

Pitch

Ward and Eric were classmates and friends at university, but their friendship turned ugly when, on a hunting trip, Ward accidentally killed Eric's twin sister with his shotgun. Now, 25 years later, Ward, who longs to atone for his guilt, invites Eric to go on an elk hunt...

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Debut novel

Samuel Western is an American writer. He has published in the Economist, LIFE, and Sports Illustrated. A two-time recipient of the Wyoming Literary Fellowship for fiction, he is also a finalist for the High Plains Books Award for poetry.

Summary

This novel is about the inextricable, twisted relationship between two self-destructive men. Ward Fall is a rancher in Wyoming, a family man with a strong and supportive wife. Eric Lindsay is a studio musician and songwriter in Los Angeles. Eric and Ward were classmates and friends at U.C. Berkeley. Their friendship turned ugly in an instant when, on a hunting trip, Ward accidentally killed Eric's twin sister, Gwen, with his shotgun, ruining the lives of the surviving two former friends. Ward wallows in guilt, depression, and alcohol. Eric's chaotic life is driven by anger and self-destructive behavior. Now, 25 years later, Ward invites Eric to come to his ranch and go on an elk hunt. The two former friends set out on a tense, contentious camping trip. Ward longs to atone for his guilt. Eric wants revenge. They are both armed with rifles.

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  • Author’s biography

    Samuel Western (born 1956) is an American writer. He has served in the Swedish Merchant Marine, worked as a commercial fisherman, a longshoreman, logger, and a hunting guide. He has published in the Economist, LIFE, and Sports Illustrated. A two-time recipient of the Wyoming Literary Fellowship for fiction, he is also a finalist for the High Plains Books Award for poetry. He lives in Wyoming. CANYONS is his debut novel.