Michael McGarrity returns
with the second installment of his sweeping, richly authentic New York Times bestselling American West trilogy set in
the raw, untrammeled New Mexico backlands during the Roaring Twenties, the
Great Depression, and World War II.
Backlands continues the story of Patrick Kerney; his
ex-wife, Emma; and their young son, Matthew, shortly after the tragic
battlefield death of their eldest son, CJ, at the end of World War I. Scarred
by the loss of an older brother he idolized, estranged from a father he barely
knows, and deeply troubled by the failing health of a mother he adores,
eight-year-old Matthew is suddenly and irrevocably forced to set aside his
childhood and take on responsibilities far beyond his years. When the world
spirals into the Great Depression and drought settles like a plague over the
nation, Matt must abandon his own dreams to salvage the Kerney ranch. Plunged
into a deep trough of dark family secrets, hidden crimes, broken promises, and
lies, Matt must struggle to survive on the unforgiving, sun-blasted Tularosa
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