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Author: Robert Coover Narrator: Eric Michael Summerer Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781681683829
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Our leading postmodernist novelist turns his iconoclastic eye to a great American classic in this sequel to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

At the end of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, on the eve of the Civil War, Huck and Tom Sawyer decide to escape “sivilization” and “light out for the Territory.” In Robert Coover’s Huck Out West, also “wrote by Huck,” the boys do just that, riding for the famous but short-lived Pony Express, then working as scouts for both sides in the war.

They are suddenly separated when Tom decides he’d rather own civilization than leave it, returning east with his new wife, Becky Thatcher, to learn the law from her father. Huck, abandoned and “dreadful lonely,” hires himself out to “whosoever.” He rides shotgun on coaches, wrangles horses on a Chisholm Trail cattle drive, joins a gang of bandits, guides wagon trains, gets dragged into US Army massacres, suffers a series of romantic and barroom misadventures.

He is eventually drawn into a Lakota tribe by a young brave, Eeteh, an inventive teller of Coyote tales who “was having about the same kind of trouble with his tribe as I was having with mine.” There is an army colonel who wants to hang Huck and destroy Eeteh’s tribe, so they’re both on the run, finding themselves ultimately in the Black Hills just ahead of the 1876 Gold Rush.

This period, from the middle of the Civil War to the centennial year of 1876, is probably the most formative era of the nation’s history. In the West, it is a time of grand adventure, but also one of greed, religious insanity, mass slaughter, virulent hatreds, widespread poverty and ignorance, ruthless military and civilian leadership, huge disparities of wealth. Only Huck’s sympathetic and gently comical voice can make it somehow bearable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Establishes Huck in exactly the place Twain himself planned to take him.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Among the many elements that Coover imitates so well is Twain’s misanthropy, his macabre sense of humor, and his perpetually offended innocence.”

    Washington Post

  • “A spacious-skies frontier ripsnorter…[A] droll yet faithful replication of Twain’s first-person narration.”


  • “As in Twain’s original, the winsome humor of Huck’s muddytatings lend the story a deceptive innocence.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Both true to the spirit of Twain and quintessentially Cooveresque.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “This is great stuff!…The lingo is correct from page one…[and] Coover has a good mimicry of Twain’s poetry down, too…Unless you’re a persnickety Twain scholar or get all ‘het up’ about the sanctity of the canon, you’ll enjoy this. The hue and cry is moot, the boys have become men. The upshot is that Coover pulls it off and boy is it damned good to see Huck Finn again.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator Eric Michael Summerer portrays all-American scamps Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer…[and] sounds tonally and attitudinally authentic. Summerer handles the portrayals of the characters, including their accents, with empathy and a pleasing casual attitude. Summerer lets Huck’s sympathetic and gently comical voice shine even when Huck feels pain and loneliness…Summerer enthusiastically delivers the many twists and turns in Huck’s new adventures, delighting fans of Twain’s famous character.”


  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Books for Dudes

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About the Author

Robert Coover is the author of Huck Out West, among many others publications. He is a pioneer in the field of electronic writing and founded the International Writers Project, a freedom-to-write program, at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

About the Narrator

Eric Michael Summerer is a voice actor and producer who has narrated numerous audiobooks as well as countless instructional recordings and video games. His narrations have earned an Audie Award nomination and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. He also cohosts the popular board-game podcast The Dice Tower.