All God's Children

ebook A Novel of the American West

By Aaron Gwyn

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This sweeping novel set in the province of Texas is "a powerful depiction of the rough realities of frontier life [and] the vicious influence of racism" (The New York Times).
Finalist for the Reading the West Book Award for Fiction
In 1827, Duncan Lammons, a disgraced young man from Kentucky, sets out to join the American army in the province of Texas, hoping that here he may live—and love—as he pleases. That same year, Cecelia, a young slave in Virginia, runs away for the first time.
Soon infamous for her escape attempts, Cecelia continues to drift through the reality of slavery—until she encounters frontiersman Sam Fisk, who rescues her from a slave auction in New Orleans. In spite of her mistrust, Cecelia senses an opportunity for freedom, and travels with Sam to Texas, where he has a homestead. In this new territory, where the law is an instrument for the cruel and the wealthy, they begin an unlikely life together, unaware that their fates are intertwined with those of Sam's former army mates, including Duncan Lammons, a friend—and others who harbor dangerous dreams of their own.
This "swift and skillful Western" takes its place among the great stories that recount the country's fight for freedom—one that makes us want to keep on with the struggle (The Wall Street Journal).
"Gwyn creates an overwhelmingly visceral and emotionally rich narrative amid Texas's complex path to statehood . . . This is a masterpiece of western fiction in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy and James Carlos Blake." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"It's always a pleasure to discover another superb writer who had not been on my radar . . . many scenes pulse with tension, tenderness or both." —Minneapolis Star Tribune
All God's Children