Sunday, September 27, 2015

Canyons - Samuel Western

Samuel Western
Daniel & Daniel Publishers, Sep 28 2015, $14.95
ISBN: 9781564745743

In 1970 at the Ladderback Ranch in Idaho, University of California at Berkeley BFFs Eric Lindsay and Ward Fall go hunting accompanied by the former’s twin sister Gwen.  Ward starts to put away the shotgun, but accidentally fires a shot that instantly kills Gwen.

In 1998 on their Wyoming ranch, Ward’s three children fear him especially when he frequently drinks to numb his guilt.  His loving wife Lorraine tells him it is past time for his reconciliation with Eric.   Meanwhile in Southern California renowned songwriter Eric remains in a rage that has intensified over the last quarter of a century.  Encouraged by Lorraine, Ward invites Eric to their MK Ranch.  Eric arrives and soon the once best friends head out on a hunt though the visitor plans to kill his host.

This is an interesting relationship drama starring two former buddies with dissimilar personalities but share in common being haunted by the accidental death.  Ward and Eric seek atonement in radically different ways; whereas the rancher needs Eric to forgive him; the musician needs to kill his host in order to avenge his beloved sibling.  Samuel Western writes a profound contemporary rustic thriller as the audience wonders if either is coming home.

Harriet Klausner

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