Our June selection is an iconic Western duet: Shane by Jack Schaefer and True Grit by Charles Portis. Both first person novels recount a pivotal experience in the life of the young narrator (Joey Starrett in Shane and Mattie Ross in True Grit) and an unexpected connection with a stranger who plays a key role in a time of crisis.
Both tales were originally told in serial form: Shane (as “Rider from Nowhere”) in Argosy magazine and True Grit in The Saturday Evening Post.
Shane was published in 1949 and is considered a Young Adult classic.
“Shane is a work of literature first and a Western second.” - St. George Daily Spectrum
“The author has created a tale which captivates the reader’s attention from beginning to end. . . . The book almost demands completion in one sitting.” - Library Journal
True Grit was published in 1968 and has maintained its popularity for over 50 years. It was recently selected for the 2020-2021 Big Read book list by the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Mattie’s voice, wry and sure, is one of the great creations of modern American fiction.” - George Pelecanos, NPR
“Quite simply, an American masterpiece” - Boston Globe
Discussion begins June 1st. Please join us!