Thadeus McElwain wants to help his lover's consumptive brother, but - with his business in trouble following the Silver Panic of 1893 - he doesn't have the money. So he puts his money into a spectacular plan to build an ice palace.
When New York City shopkeeper Steve Dancy moved west to experience the frontier, he wound up embroiled in a deadly feud ... a feud he was forced to settle with guns. Now all he wants to do is follow up on a few business interests, write about his adventures, and continue his exploration of the West. But in the autumn of 1879, Joseph McAllen asks Dancy for help. Ute renegades have abducted a young girl near Mesa Verde, Colorado, and the Pinkerton captain wants him to join the rescue party. Surprisingly, the trail doesn't lead into the San Juan Mountains, but to Leadville -- a rich mining town teeming with the worst elements of a raw frontier. Bitter feuds, vendettas, and greed turn the affair into a bloody conflict that spans the state. Dancy has proven that he can handle himself in dangerous situations. But will this shopkeeper survive the perils of an untamed mountain wilderness?
In the American West of 1880, Leadville, Colorado, is the wealthies mining district on earth and by far its richest mine is the Eye Dazzler. When Lucinda Ridenour, the notorious widow-heiress to the Dazzler, chooses young Kit Randall to be her lover, Kit thinks he has the world at his feet.
Taking place in the rough Colorado frontier from 1886-1906, it's the story of Caroline, the daughter of an impoverished preacher too wrapped up in the word of God to care for his children. A strong spirit, she endures an early marriage, time as a single mother, and later the owner of a silver mine, while all the time looking for stability and laughter in her life.
For fans of authors like Barbara Kingsolver and Leif Enger, a stunning new voice in contemporary literary fiction. "Tragedy and blessing. Leave them alone long enough, and it gets real hard to tell them apart." Elena Alvarez is living a cursed life. From the deadly fire she accidentally set as a child, to her mother's abandonment, and now to an unwanted pregnancy, she knows better than most that small actions can have terrible consequences. Driven to the high mountains surrounding Leadville, Colorado by her latest bad decision, she's intent on putting off the future. Perhaps there she can just hide in her grandmother's isolated cabin and wait for something-anything-to make her next choice for her. Instead, she is confronted by reflections of her own troubles wherever she turns-the recent widower and his two children adrift in a changed world, Elena's own mysterious family history, and the interwoven lives within the town itself. Bit by bit, Elena begins to question her understanding of cause and effect, reexamining the tragedies she's held on to and the wounds she's refused to let heal. But when the children go missing, Elena's fragile new peace is shattered. It's only at the prospect of fresh loss and blame that she will discover the truth of the terrible burdens we take upon ourselves, the way tragedy and redemption are inevitably intertwined-and how curses can sometimes lead to blessings, however disguised.
A Spur Award-winning AuthorA Western Heritage Award-winning AuthorMatchless is a passionate, compelling, and magnificently authentic human drama based on the diary of Augusta Tabor, wife of Horace Tabor, the Colorado silver king. This is Augusta's story of their struggles until Horace struck it rich and she was renounced as an embarrassment by a man who had or could buy anything.Jane Candia Coleman was born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied creative writing, but felt she had nothing to write about. She abandoned the East for the West, where her creativity truly came into its own. She has won two Spur Awards for short stories from Western Writers of America as well as three Western Heritage Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for her contributions to Western fiction. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her author husband, G. G. Boyer.
U.S. deputy marshal Virg Slappey sets out on the trail to bring to Denver for trial a notorious outlaw, Curt Baxter, who had been ecaptured in a small mining town. On this assignment, Virg will not be riding good old comatose Bob, his reliable steed. The horse is too feeble to take to the trail anymore. Instead, to win a bet, Virg sits astride Dolly, a mare from hell especially adept at bone-breaking. Before Virg arrives in town to pick up his prisoner, Baxter escapes, engages in a running gunfight with a pursuing posse, and steals a fortune in gold.
They all came to Leadville with the same purpose: Get in. Get rich. Get out. As 1879 draws to a close, this Rocky Mountain boomtown has infected the world with silver fever. It's not much different than the dot.com mania or the corporate scams that heat up over a century later. Unfortunately for Joe Rose, a precious-metals assayer, death stakes its own claim. Joe's body is found trampled into the muck behind Inez Stannert's saloon. Inez already had much more to deal with than pouring shots of Taos Lightning and cleaning up a corpse. A lady educated on the East Coast, she has a past that doesn't bear close scrutiny, including her elopement with a gambling man who has recently disappeared. Most townsfolk, including Inez's business parter, Abe Jackson, dismiss Joe's death as an accident. Death, after all, is no stranger in Leadville. But Inez wonders: Why was this loving husband and father carrying a brass token good for "one free screw" at the parlor house of Denver madam Mattie Silks? When Joe's widow Emma asks Inez to settle Joe's affairs, almost against her will, Inez uncovers skewed assays, bogus greenbacks, and blackmail. Lies and secrets run deep in Colorado, secrets more likely to lead to a hanging than to today's congressional hearings or country-club prisons for the crooked and the greedy. Then again, maybe Joe's murder was purely personal....
Vividly portrays the daily lives of several women and how they battled extreme weather conditions, isolation that could drive a person mad, disease that often took their children from them, poverty and starvation, and primitive living conditions. All the stories are fictional, but all are based on women's actual experiences. The West could not have progressed and prospered without the strength, courage, and determination of such women.
Leadville is a captivating story about love and survival. It is a historical novel, rich in facts and information about Tibet during the resistance to Chinese invasion. The lives and ordeals of several Khampas - Tibetan Resistance fighters - involved in a top-secret, CIA mission are revealed in pieces that add up to a captivating story sure to engross its readers. Three of the characters are Tibetan Resistance fighters who had never before seen a Westerner and are suddenly transfered to a camp, high up in the Rocky mountains of Colorado. The nearest city: Leadville, USA. This story is about adapting, arising out of displacement and chaos to find oneself, find balance in the commitments we make in our relationships and our life's work. The author of this book reminds us of our imperfections and our strengths in a way that sneaks up on readers for a powerful and insightful conclusion reigniting the fire within - and the hope - that we can all a difference in our world. We remember the amazing power of Tibet, the people, their culture, and the meaning of homeland.
Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discoverypersonal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.
The Silver Baron's Wife traces the rags-to-riches-to-rags life of Colorado's Baby Doe Tabor (Lizzie). This fascinating heroine worked in the silver mines and had two scandalous marriages, one to a philandering opium addict and one to a Senator and silver baron worth $24 million in the late 19th century. A divorcée shunned by Denver society, Lizzie raised two daughters in a villa where 100 peacocks roamed the lawns, entertained Sarah Bernhardt when the actress performed at Tabor's Opera House, and after her second husband's death, moved to a one-room shack at the Matchless Mine in Leadville. She lived the last 35 years of her life there, writing down thousands of her dreams and noting visitations of spirits on her calendar. Hers is the tale of a fiercely independent woman who bucked all social expectations by working where 19thcentury women didn't work, becoming the key figure in one of the West's most scandalous love triangles, and, after a devastating stock market crash destroyed Tabor's vast fortune, living in eccentric isolation at the Matchless Mine. An earlier version of this novel won the PEN/New England Discovery Award in Fiction.
"Adventuress, miner, home-wrecker, pauper, dreamer - the drama of Colorado legend Baby Doe's life has inspired several biographies, a 1932 film starring Edward G. Robinson, even an opera, but never before a novel." "Yet few lives have been so dramatic, even in the barest outlines of historical fact. Leaving staid Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the booming, rowdy Colorado mining territory in 1879, Baby ditched her hapless husband and snared silver magnate Horace Tabor, owner of the immensely productive Matchless, a mine so renowned that Oscar Wilde dined in its depths during his 1882 lecture tour of the West. Tabor divorced his wife to marry Baby in the wedding of the century (President Chester Arthur attended) and live with her in gaudy splendor in Denver. Their glory was short-lived: Horace died in 1899, leaving Baby the now worthless Matchless. He also left her two little girls, the younger of whom, Silver Dollar, wrote poetry, turned tricks, and died tragically in 1925. But Baby lived on until 1935 in a shack next to the Matchless, wearing burlap on her feet and scribbling her dreams and visions on scraps of paper."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Welcome to Leadville. A melting pot of Irish and Swedes, steelworkers and scam artists. Growing faster than it can bear, tainted by the soot of smelters and the smell of whiskey, Leadville is the town where two reporters carrying pencils, pads and six-guns will meet their match. Brady Kenton, America's foremost traveling reporter, has come to the violent mining town to sniff out a story for Gunnison's Illustrated American. Alex Gunnison, son of the famous publisher, comes along for the ride, as Kenton's assistant and to keep the trouble-seeking journalist out of harm's way. But with a dead body found and lost, and an innocent boy running from a killer, the two men have more than a story on their hands. They're searching for a Civil War criminal who may be alive and well in Leadville-and up to his killing ways again...