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Huck Out West

A Novel

Robert Coover (Author)

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“An audacious and revisionary sequel to Twain’s masterpiece. It is both true to the spirit of Twain and quintessentially Cooveresque.”—Times Literary Supplement

At the end of Huckleberry Finn, on the eve of the Civil War, Huck and Tom Sawyer decide to escape “sivilization” and “light out for the Territory.” In Robert Coover’s vision of their Western adventures, Tom decides he’d rather own civilization than escape it, leaving Huck “dreadful lonely” in a country of bandits, war parties, and gold. In the course of his ventures, Huck reunites with old friends, facing hard truths and even harder choices.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • February 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35549-9
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Magical.… Among the many elements that Coover imitates so well is Twain’s misanthropy, his macabre sense of humor and his perpetually offended innocence.… Indeed, everybody seems to be growing old except Huck, who remains a voice of perplexed kindness, and Coover … a miraculously sharp writer.” — Ron Charles, Washington Post

“Kushner’s writing is fluid and clear and possesses a rhythm as determined as an ocean current. Readers will encounter three stories of terrific depth.” — Ron Powers, The New York Times Book Review

“Her prose has a poise and wariness and moral graininess that puts you in the mind of weary-souled visionaries like Robert Stone and Joan Didion.” — Gene Seymour, Newsday

“Full of vibrantly different stories and histories, all of them particular, all of them brilliantly alive.” — Nelson Appell, The Missourian

“Kushner is the champion of something strange, wonderful and real.” — Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“An audacious and revisionary sequel to Twain’s masterpiece. It is both true to the spirit of Twain and quintessentially Cooveresque, part homage, part détournement.… One of American fiction’s most formidable (and funniest) experimentalists… has a mastery of regional dialect equal to any hardcore realist. He skilfully captures Twain’s paratactic style, and is attuned to the peculiarities of Huck’s idiolect.” — Paul Quinn, Times Literary Supplement

“An astonishing picaresque novel, narrated by Huck himself in a voice as authentic as Twain's original creation.… Huck Out West is simply splendid, raucous, ribald and rib-ticklin'. After fifty years of incredible novels, this is another one of Coover's triumphs.” — Sam Coale, Providence Journal

“An extraordinary book.… a beautifully earnest and direct work from perhaps the most formidable trickster in American letters. Anyone with an ounce of heart in their chests should read this immediately.” — Alan Moore, author of Jerusalem

“In Huck Out West, Robert Coover brilliantly (and outrageously) revives Mark Twain’s cardinal character by way of deconstructing any number of our cherished myths. Coover is in fine antic form here—truly, Huck never had it so good.” — T. C. Boyle

“A giant stands on the shoulders of a giant, and the view is large and giddying. In its vibrant skylarking and in its yearning undertow, this disenchanted enchantment throws new light on Twain’s America—and on Robert Coover's.” — Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire

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