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All true not a lie in it
2015
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A New Face of Fiction, All True Not a Lie in It is pioneer Daniel Boone's life, told in his voice--a tall tale like no other, startling, funny, poignant, romantic and brawling, set during the American Revolutionary War and hinging on Boone's capture by the Shawnee.

Here is Daniel Boone as you've never seen him. Debut novelist Alix Hawley presents Boone's life, from his childhood in a Quaker colony, through two stints captured by Indians as he attempted to settle Kentucky, the death of one son at the hands of the same Indians, and the rescue of one daughter. The prose rivals Hilary Mantel's and Peter Carey's, conveying that sense of being inside the head of a storied historical figure about which much nonsense is spoken while also feeling completely contemporary. Boone was a fabulous hunter and explorer, and a "white Indian," perhaps happiest when he found a place as the captive, adopted son of a chief who was trying to prevent the white settlement of Kentucky. Hawley takes us intimately into the life-and-death survival of people pushing away from security and into Indian lands, despite sense and treaties, just before and into the War of Independence. The love story between Boone and his wife, Rebecca, is rich and tangled, but mostly it's Boone who fascinates, pushing into places where he imagines he can create a new "clean" world, only to find death and trouble and complication. He is a fabulous character, unrivalled in North American literature, and a prime candidate for the tall tale. The storytelling is taut and expert, the descriptions rich and powerful, the prose full of feeling, but Boone is what drives this outstanding debut.

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Daniel Boone is a man haunted. In this gripping debut novel from Hawley, the colonial American frontiersman is portrayed as someone filled with regret for his actions, whether they were lethal or seemingly small lapses in behavior. From his childhood in a Quaker community, Boone is an avid hunter with a sense that he does not fully belong. After his family is cast out by the Friends, he begins to forge his own path, joining the French and Indian War and eventually leading expeditions into the Kentucky territory. He is then captured and adopted into a Shawnee tribe, where he straddles the uneasy boundary between his dual identity as prisoner and son of the chief. Hawley captures the brutality of frontier living with stark, evocative writing. Far from a lone hunter and explorer, this Boone is thoroughly entangled by his relationships, whether to his captivating but tough wife or to a childhood companion who dogs his steps, despite Boone's barely concealed loathing of him. With impressive scope and detail, this novel brings forward the man from the myth.--Thoreson, Bridget Copyright 2016 Booklist
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