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ISBN: 0-87113-985-5
Price: US$24.00 * in Canada CAN$26.50
6 x 9, 304 pp
May 2008

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So Brave, Young, and Handsome
A Novel
By Leif Enger

A Book Sense Selection
A Rocky Mountain News Best Book of the Year 2008
A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Book of the Year 2008
Selected as Amazon.com Top 100 Editors' Picks (No. 8)
2008 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction
Midwest Booksellers Association Heartland Independent Bestseller List (4/27/08)
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Bestseller List (4/27/08)
Mountain and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller List (5/3/08)
Southern Independent Booksellers Association Bestseller List (5/3/08)
Finalist for the Christianity Today Book Award for Fiction


One of Time magazine's top-five novels of the year and a New York Times best seller, Leif Enger's first novel, Peace Like a River, captured readers' hearts around the nation. His new novel is a stunning successor—a touching, nimble, and rugged story of an aging train robber on a quest to reconcile the claims of love and judgment on his life, and the failed writer who goes with him.

In 1915 Minnesota, Monte Becket—"a man fading, a disappointer of persons"—has lost his sense of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte lives a simple life with his loving wife and whipsmart son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a new world of opportunity and experience presents itself.

Glendon has spent years in obscurity, but the guilt he harbors for abandoning his wife, Blue, over two decades ago, has finally lured him from hiding. As the modern age marches swiftly forward, Glendon aims to travel back into his past—heading to California to seek Blue's forgiveness. Beguiled and inspired, Monte soon finds himself leaving behind his own family to embark for the unruly West with his fugitive guide—a journey that will test the depth of his loyalties, the inviolability of his morals, and the strength of his resolve. As they flee from the relentless Charles Siringo, an ex-Pinkerton who's been hunting Glendon for years, Monte falls ever further from his family and the law, to be tempered by a fiery adventure from which he may never get home.

With its smooth mix of romanticism and gritty reality, So Brave, Young, and Handsome often recalls the Old West's greatest cowboy stories. But it is also about an ordinary man's determination as he risks everything in order to understand what it's all worth, and follows an unlikely dream in the hope it will lead him back home.