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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Spring Warren Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781428199767
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At once a comic glance at the old American West and a serious story about transformation and redemption, Turpentine is the remarkable literary debut from Spring Warren. In this ambitious novel, Warren delivers a bold and inventive story about a young man’s attempt to make sense of the past while unsteadily growing into adulthood.

The year is 1871, and Edward Turrentine Bayard III, sick and restless, leaves his Connecticut home to recover out west. But when the private sanitarium in which he is to stay proves to be nothing more than a rickety outpost on the Nebraskan plains, he becomes a buffalo skinner. After returning to the East, Ned teams up with Phaegin, who earns her money rolling cigars, and Curly, a fourteen-year-old coal miner, but the newfound trio is wrongly accused of triggering a bomb at a labor rally, and they must flee. With a Pinkerton agent following their every move, the gang of winsome ne’er-do-wells engages in a circuitous escape that takes them through northern outposts into Indian country, past the slums of Chicago, and into the boundless Great Plains. En route they become witness to the transformation and growing pains of a burgeoning nation.

Warren’s debut novel is a startling and prescient portrait of the great expanse of the American west: unforgiving, lawless, and rugged, a natural canvas for dreamers and escapees alike. Equally memorable is the novel’s examination of a young hero: prone to failure, bold, and untested, Edward is a loveable and searching character in the vein of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn. A contemporary story set in a distinct and old-fashioned era, Turpentine is a gritty, sure-footed homage to the frontier and its heroes, villains, and goons.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel of extraordinary wit and imagination, covering immense geographical, historical, and emotional ground. Full of twists and turns, verve, and vinegar…A remarkable debut.”

    Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An entertaining romp through the American 1870s.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A sweeping saga of the western frontier in the 1870s, filled with colorful characters…Turpentine is certainly an endearing literary creation, combining the wide-eyed innocence and crafty survivor’s instincts of a Huck Finn…Warren knows how to spin a tale. There is considerable excitement, humor, and occasionally pathos in this enjoyable debut.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting, kind of convoluted and rambling. But best (only) western I've recently read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drredman | 2/16/2014

    " Fun read with the landscape as a character which I really enjoyed.I also enjoyed the storyline and the characters we met. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/17/2014

    " fun adventure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 1/10/2014

    " A fun romp in the 19th century old west...very entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 12/14/2013

    " I found the main character whiny and the tale itself to be very choppy. It seemed as though she wrote three stories and threw them together. There were compellng parts, but not worth the time I spent reading it altogether. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia Scharff | 9/28/2013

    " My favorite novel of 2007. A rollicking, funny, serious sprawling American epic.. Fantastic characters, tight pacing, elegant rendering of times and places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerrilynn | 2/16/2013

    " I loved this book. Easy to read, the story flows nicely. The main character developes a sense of who he is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/25/2013

    " Entertaining story about the trials and adventures of a young man sent west to regain his health. It's a good story and I bet Spring Warren's next one will be even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc Delingat | 8/2/2012

    " Turpentine was a very refreshing read. The language took me back to the images of the Deadwood TV series. This book is a wester, pioneer story, love story, drama, and just plain fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/22/2012

    " I did not like the main character at first - much too wimpy and effeminate to be the hero in a Western - but he grew on me as the story progressed. I liked the story overall - an easy read, and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 3/13/2012

    " Here is another book that had a ton of research behind it. I felt as if I were on the Prarie. Very detailed and brilliantly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 10/23/2011

    " I really liked this one too... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 10/13/2011

    " One of the best books I read this year. After I read it I wrote the author to say thanks - and insist she write some more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Youman | 10/5/2011

    " This is a pretty funny book. The lead character definitely grew on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Guin | 8/26/2011

    " This book was so much fun! Hilarious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 2/28/2011

    " It's classififed as a western, mostly because of the era, but that's about it. Wasn't an awful read, but it wasn't something I'd suggest either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 1/13/2011

    " Here is another book that had a ton of research behind it. I felt as if I were on the Prarie. Very detailed and brilliantly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 9/22/2010

    " My favorite novel of 2007. A rollicking, funny, serious sprawling American epic.. Fantastic characters, tight pacing, elegant rendering of times and places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 3/31/2010

    " A fun romp in the 19th century old west...very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 9/12/2009

    " Interesting, kind of convoluted and rambling. But best (only) western I've recently read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drredman | 11/16/2008

    " Fun read with the landscape as a character which I really enjoyed.I also enjoyed the storyline and the characters we met. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 11/16/2008

    " It's classififed as a western, mostly because of the era, but that's about it. Wasn't an awful read, but it wasn't something I'd suggest either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 11/10/2008

    " One of the best books I read this year. After I read it I wrote the author to say thanks - and insist she write some more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 10/5/2008

    " I did not like the main character at first - much too wimpy and effeminate to be the hero in a Western - but he grew on me as the story progressed. I liked the story overall - an easy read, and entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 9/4/2008

    " This book was so much fun! Hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerrilynn | 8/27/2008

    " I loved this book. Easy to read, the story flows nicely. The main character developes a sense of who he is. "

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About the Author
Author Spring Warren

Spring Warren is the author of the novel Turpentine, a bronze medalist for the 2007 ForeWord magazine Book of the Year Award and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2007. When she began her career in writing, she was a working as a short order cook, selling worms and maple bars to campers, and teaching swimming lessons in the shadow of Devil’s Tower. Warren now lives in Davis, California.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.