Telegraph Days (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

Winner of the 2007 Audie Award for Solo Narration—Female and Finalist for Fiction, Unabridged

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove comes a big, brilliant, unputdownable saga of the Old West, told in the spunky courageous voice of a young woman named Nellie Courtright.

When twenty-two-year-old Nellie Courtright and her teenage brother Jackson are unexpectedly orphaned by their father’s suicide on his new and unprosperous ranch, they make their way to the nearby town of Rita Blanca, where Jackson manages to secure a job as a sheriff's deputy, while Nellie, ever resourceful, becomes the town’s telegrapher.

Together, they inadvertently put Rita Blanca on the map when young Jackson succeeds in shooting down all six of the ferocious Yazee brothers in a gunfight that brings him lifelong fame, but which he can never repeat because his success came purely out of luck.

Propelled by her own energy and commonsense approach to life, Nellie meets and almost conquers the heart of Buffalo Bill, the man she will love most in her long life, and goes on to meet, and witness the exploits of, Billy the Kid, the Earp brothers, and Doc Holliday. She even gets a ringside seat at the Battle at the O.K. Corral, the most famous gunfight in Western history, and eventually lives long enough to see the West and its gunfighters turned into movies.

Full of life, love, shootouts, real Western heroes, and villains, Telegraph Days is Larry McMurtry at his epic best.

Annie Potts
hr min
June 5
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

3rdChildDivorce ,

Finding a piece of the real west.....this is a window into history.

It's very unlikely that there will come another writer like Larry McMurtry, that is a shame that comes with a blessing. Through his mind we can feel the grittiness of the dirt streets of frontier towns, recoil at the presence of wild animals that invade the structures, and chuckle at the humor and innocence of the sexual exploits of his characters. Larry McMurtry is the first author I've read that makes me feel like I was there.

Annie Potts does a superlative job at creating each character. I wondered how a woman was going to be able to bring the masculine quality to the male figures but as I allowed myself to imagine the entire picture I accepted her interpretation wholeheartedly. Her warm southern drawl is a perfect accompaniment for McMurtry's words and the snap in her voice adds whimsy to his wit.

If you enjoy westerns you will love this book. I see it as the gateway book to McMurtry's entire r'epertoire as I am sure you will too. Don't forget either that this extra ordinary writer is also responsible for 'Terms Of Endearment', 'The Evening Star', and the 1985 Pulitzer winning 'Lonesome Dove'.

Thank you,
K. Pomaville

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