Honor roll: Western books

Each of these Western books has received at least one award nomination. They are ranked by honors received.

Book:The Redundancy of Courage

The Redundancy of Courage

Timothy Mo

An Indonesian island is hastily given independence, and a Chinese-educated homosexual who was born on the island returns from his Canadian university to find his life radically altered. The story represents an account of a post-colonial disaster.

Book:The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Ron Hansen

Hansen re-creates the real West with his imaginative telling of the life of the most famous outlaw of them all, Jesse James, and of his death at the hands of the upstart Robert Ford. James, a charismatic, superstitious, and moody man, holds sway over a ragged gang who fear his temper and quick shooting. Robert Ford, a young gang member torn between worshipping Jesse and taking his place, guns him down in cold blood and lives out his days tormented by the killing.

Book:The Butterfly Kid

The Butterfly Kid

Chester Anderson

It was a nothing-special Greenwich Village day…

And good ole Chester Anderson—sometime poet, rock ‘n’ roll singer and self-proclaimed kinf of the Village—strolled along, content. Content, that is, until he saw a kid make butterflies. Real butterflies. The kind with pretty wings that flutter.

What at first seemed amusing, if a little strange, quickly changed. Chester and his ragtag pack of singers, groupies and street-wise prophets had stumbled onto a mind-blowing phenomenon that threatened the whole world. And only Chester an his ragamuffin crew could save it.

From what? From six-foot, blue lobsters from outer space.

How? With a horrifying plan that hinged on the innocence of…The Butterfly Kid.

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