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The Kid: A Novel by [Hansen, Ron]
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"Hansen writes with a sure hand about the inner lives of people struggling to find themselves in a confusing world. His prose is at once straightforward and seductive....we are mesmerized as riddles beget further riddles and layers of the story begin to peel away." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

"Mr. Hansen is a master of historical fiction...Not since his brilliant Mariette in Ecstasy has Mr. Hansen so convincingly entwined sexuality with fate. This novel reads as breathlessly as a tabloid—that is, if a tabloid were well-written.” (John Irving )

Praise for Ron Hansen:

"Mr. Hansen writes vigorously, and like an angel." (New York Times Book Review)

"One of our finest novelists." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Ron Hansen has proven himself a master of the enigmatic, particularly that crack in the world between belief and reality." (Boston Globe)

Praise for She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories:

"Rich in imagery and emotion...the collection confirms Hansen as a top-notch master of the short-story form." (People)

"One of our most honored and prolific authors, living proof of how imagination can step free of every literal habitation." (The New York Times Book Review)

Praise for A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion:

“Ron Hansen has written a mordantly funny, vividly compelling and irresistibly readable chronicle of the Twenties." (Joyce Carol Oates )

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Praise for The Kid:

"Hansen’s fictional treatment of Billy the Kid, the Old West killer, is entertaining and lively, a portrayal of swift and deadly frontier justice in the early 1880s of New Mexico. . . .Hansen’s colorful description of the New Mexico Territory as a lawless land of lying politicians and thieving businessmen is historically accurate, resulting in an excellent, transportive read."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The Kid’s story has been told many times. But not like this….The real achievement of this novel is its pesky style. Like the Kid, Hansen revels in the lingo of tabloid and tale, of dime novel and detective story.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Ron Hansen has once again saddled up for a journey down the desperado trail, and readers will be delighted to go along on the ride…a marvelous journey into both history and imagination… A perfectly compelling and fast paced story. … The Kid died, but left behind a towering legend that Hansen brings vividly to life in this fast paced, elegant novel.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“This is the West, and as the famous line from 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance' has it, ‘when the legend becomes fact, print the legend.’ Which is what Mr. Hansen has done, very enjoyably.”
The Wall Street Journal

“How Hansen wades into the historical record and comes back dressed in his subjects’ mannerisms, speech, and sensibilities is a mystery for which we as readers can only be thankful. Hansen’s is a truly wondrous talent, and The Kid is a truly wondrous book.”
—Tom McNeal, author of To Be Sung Underwater

“Once again Ron Hansen has narrated a powerful historical novel, getting hundreds of small hard facts lined up to tell a story set in the American West in the tradition of The Iliad.  A stunning book which—as Hansen has done again and again—creates a time and a place and a young man, half killer, half kid, who even in his lifetime earned the status of a myth. Mesmerizing.”
—Paul Mariani, author of The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens

"Billy has been portrayed as a scapegoat for corrupt politicians, a maniacal killer and varying combinations of those extremes. As Hansen says at the end of his book, the Kid has become 'to a great degree each person’s wild invention.' This is Hansen’s version — a wisecracking daredevil."
Seattle Times

“Ron Hansen’s new treatment of William Bonney [is] so impressive. The author, seemingly effortlessly, breathes new life into the legend and reality....a joy to read.” 
Bookreporter

"Hansen has written a haunting biographical novel about Billy the Kid and the people responsible for creating the myth."
Shelf Awareness

“A rich tapestry [and] evenhanded literary portrait.”
Library Journal

"Throughout The Kid, the author’s depth of research and love of the genre shine through. This eventful novel builds on the extraordinary achievement of his first two westerns and Hansen can rightfully claim this lawless territory as his own....Fans of [his] work won’t want to leave."
Highbrow Magazine

"An engrossing read. [The Kid] comes alive thanks to a blend of history, remembrances and the author’s knack for imagined conversations."
—Albuquerque Journal

Praise for Ron Hansen:

"Mr. Hansen writes vigorously, and like an angel."
The New York Times Book Review

"One of our finest novelists."
Entertainment Weekly

"Ron Hansen has proven himself a master of the enigmatic, particularly that crack in the world between belief and reality."
Boston Globe

"Hansen writes with a sure hand about the inner lives of people struggling to find themselves in a confusing world. His prose is at once straightforward and seductive....we are mesmerized as riddles beget further riddles and layers of the story begin to peel away."
Los Angeles Times Book Review


Product details

  • File Size: 8570 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (October 4, 2016)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2016
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CO347NQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,146 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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