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Year of the Horse

Year of the Horse

Justin Allen

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-273-9
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Cloth
Overlook
10/1/2009

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Year of the Horse is literary fantasy at its very best—a novel that delves into our myths, legends, hopes, and fears; a coming-of-age fable set in our fondly remembered (if mostly fictional) past; and an adventure more than capable of setting your hair on end.

Year of the Horse tells the story of Yen Tzu-lu, a child of Chinese immigrants unwillingly pressed into service by a gang of roughnecks bent on stealing a gold mine from a shadowy villain deep in the western wilderness. With Tzu-lu as our guide, we experience a landscape of legend, stand toe-to-toe with those larger-than-life heroes and villains of our shared American mythos, and learn the inescapable facts that have both enriched and plagued our nation from its inception.

Resonating with echoes of Mark Twain, Larry McMurtry, and J. K. Rowling, this is a book of fabulous adventure and deep resonance. Allen gives readers a picture of how America sees itself, and in so doing he offers up both a heroic vision of the past and hope for the future.

Author Information
Justin Allen received his MFA in fiction from Columbia University and his BA in philosophy from Boise State University. He is the author of the fantasy epic Slaves of the Shinar, also published by Overlook. He lives in New York City with his wife, Day.

Praise for Year of the Horse
“The characters are original and fascinating, the plot is compelling, and the extraordinary details of the journey across the West are every bit as harsh and gritty as must have been true of such journeys in fact.” —Robert K. Massie, Pulitzer Prize winning author

"Allen, author of the historical fantasy Slaves of the Shinar, plots a supernatural wild west adventure in his sophomore outing that should hold appeal for younger readers…With a few playful nods to Washington Irving, Allen mixes western and fantasy into a high adventure coming-of-age, keeping his world's more outré elements grounded with a surfeit of dead-on historical details." - Publishers Weekly

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