Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel

Wayfaring Stranger: A Novel

In his most ambitious work yet, New York Times bestseller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man's unforgettable life.

In 1934, sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends with Weldon firing a gun, unsure whether it hit its mark.

Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland barely survives the Battle… (more)

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In some ways, “Wayfaring Stranger” feels almost too big for a novel as big as Texas, too portentous, too invested in its own mythic significance. But in other crucial ways, it feels exactly the right size.

Instead of focusing on the wages of long-ago sin, as he generally does, Burke shows the sins actually being committed over several fraught years in the nation’s history. The result is a new spaciousness married to his fine-tuned sense of retribution.


Book Details  


Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 15, 2014)

Collection: Simon & Schuster

Parent ISBN: 9781476710808

Page count: 448 pages

File size: 2.1 MB

Language: English


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