Monday, July 6, 2015

The Untold

Idgie Says: 
The first thing you have to do is look at the gorgeous cover.  The inside flap and even the back cover continue with these stunning images.  Such a pretty book for the bookshelf. 

But the story isn't pretty at all.  It's harsh and ugly and frightening. It's also sad.  Sad on so many levels.  You feel that from the very beginning.  The very first voice you hear, when you realize what's going on - it just crushes you.  It comes at you from a very interesting angle. 

This story is one of survival.  Survival by everyone.  Some move forward, some fight, some quietly sit down and wait.  

I tore through this book and felt the story in the center of my gut while reading.  I highly recommend you grab a copy of this book immediately.  


Originally published as "The Burial", 2012
Published in the US by Berkley Trade Reprint
June, 2015
A woman has done an unspeakable thing…

It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, amid squalls of driving rain, Jessie is on the run. Born wild and brave, by 26 she has already lived life as a circus rider, horse and cattle rustler and convict. But on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive though there is barely any life left in her. She mounts her horse and points it towards the highest mountain in sight.

Soon bands of men will crash through the bushland desperate to claim the reward on her head. And in their wake will be two more men, one her lover, the other the law, both uncertain if they should save her or themselves. But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her – her own child, who awaits her.  

The Burial, both heartbreaking and exhilarating, ultimately sings out for life and then grips onto it, with tooth and broken nail.