Calamity Jane: How the West Began
Fifteen-year-old Jane arrives in the goldfields of 1860's Montana with her family, impoverished and despised because her parents are derelicts. Young Jane though, makes a name for herself as Calamity Jane through her exploits racing horses and dealing cards, becoming the toast of the town. Murder and robbery stalk all who travel the surrounding trails though, and Jane thinks she knows who leads the gang. Can she rally forces to clean the place up?
This story appeals to adults as well as reader's of Jane's age who want to be immersed in the daily life of the wildest of the old West towns, at a time when the outlaws really did rule. One of the main themes of the book is of inclusion- the West was more ethnically diverse at this time and place than is commonly known, and they all come together at the end. Those aspects will appeal to readers who like historical fiction. For those interested instead in the the traditional Western, the author explores how the "good guys" were at first divided and impotent, and how they coalesced around a common philosophy, and were galvanized into action by a murder.
FINALIST, 2016 WISHING SHELF BOOK AWARDS FINALIST, 2016 ROSSETTI BOOK AWARDS
About Bryan Ney (Los Angeles, California Author)
Bryan Ney writes historical fiction in sun drenched, star studded Malibu, California. His first novel, "Calamity Jane: how the West Began" combines a little-known episode in the early life of Calamity Jane with events that occurred just before she arrived in Montana as a teen. He is presently writing another historical fiction about the life of James Beckwourth, an African-American mountain man who in the 1820's was adopted into the Crow Indian tribe and rose to the level of war chief. A practicing physician, Dr. Ney is an occasional co-conspirator in his wife's reality television ventures, and he tolerates the household cats about as much as they tolerate him.