West by Carys Davies
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you are new to Carys Davies, I will please beg you to read her short story collection, The Redemption of Galen Pike, which is a standout on numerous levels. I was less interested in the story of this short novel, but it was still good. A man leaves his daughter with his sister after his wife dies, in search of the creatures described in travel accounts from men traveling west. The daughter Bess seems to be the focus of the novel, but unfortunately she is also the focus of leering men in her life (two seemed like overkill here; it seemed strange for her to have no allies) and her aunt is not aware enough of what is going on.
The ending left me unsatisfied; it feels either too long or incomplete.
Thanks to the publisher for providing access to this title through Edelweiss. It came out April 24, 2018.
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