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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Liebmann-Smith Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Someone once said that the entire story of America in the nineteenth century is encompassed in the saga of the James brothers: psychologist William and novelist Henry James in the east, and outlaws Frank and Jesse James in the west. This inspired humorist Richard Liebmann-Smith to wonder: what if William and Henry’s actual troubled younger brothers became Frank and Jesse James?

On a train in 1876, Henry James is returning home from his journalistic tour under a cloud of psychosomatic symptoms. Across the aisle sits the beguiling Elena Hite, the daughter of a railroad baron, who will soon know all of the James boys’ secrets. But their conversation comes to a halt when the train is stopped and boarded by the notorious James Gang, led by Frank and Jesse, who stride into the coach with guns ablaze.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A rollicking saga.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Takes ‘what’s in a name?’ to amusing extremes…The jokes and historical squiblets go off like six-guns.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delightful…Students of both high and low culture will revel in the picaresque but altogether literary adventures in this well-imagined historical fiction.”

    Booklist

  • “A through-the-looking-glass romp that boldly blends both sides of the American character—the brilliant and the barbaric—in one unforgettable family and one seriously entertaining story.”

    BookLetters, New York Public Library

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nicole | 1/8/2012

    " This was AWESOME. It was like Lemony Snicket for adult academics. Beautifully constructed, fantastic use of vocabulary, and a terrifically witty spoof on academic writing. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 10/10/2010

    " Great premise...love the thought of Henry James as the long-lost brother of Frank and Jesse James... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynne | 9/25/2010

    " This book was a romp! Very entertaining, clever and well-written. I thought it was extremely well-thought out and I loved the vocabulary in this book. I will read this one again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 5/30/2010

    " Great premise...love the thought of Henry James as the long-lost brother of Frank and Jesse James... "

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About the Author

Richard Liebmann-Smith, a former editor of The Sciences magazine, is co-creator an animated Comedy Central TV show. He has written for the New Yorker and National Lampoon, among others. He lives in New York City.