Ridgerunner

Ridgerunner

Part literary Western and part historical mystery, Ridgerunner is the follow-up to Gil Adamson’s award-winning and critically acclaimed novel The Outlander.

November 1917. William Moreland is in mid-flight. After nearly twenty years, the notorious thief, known as the Ridgerunner, has returned. Moving through the Rocky Mountains and across the border to Montana, the solitary drifter, impoverished in means and aged beyond his years, is also a widower and a father. And he is determined to steal enough money to secure his son’s future.

Twelve-year-old Jack Boulton has been left in the care of Sister Beatrice, a formidable nun who keeps him in cloistered seclusion in her grand old house. Though he knows his father is coming for him, the boy longs to return to his family’s cabin, deep in the woods. When Jack finally breaks free, he takes with him something the nun is determined to get back — at any cost.

Set against the backdrop of a distant war raging in Europe and a rapidly changing landscape in the West, Gil Adamson’s follow-up to her award-winning debut, The Outlander, is a vivid historical novel that draws from the epic tradition and a literary Western brimming with a cast of unforgettable characters touched with humour and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world.

Title:Ridgerunner
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781487006563
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    Ridgerunner Reviews

  • Darryl Suite

    Ah, such a delightful reading experience. I would've never picked this up if it wasn't on the Giller Prize shortlist. So, I'm grateful for its inclusion. I rarely gravitate toward historical fiction t...

  • DeB MaRtEnS

    Gil Adamson took ten years to write this novel. In her own words, she writes at a “glacial pace”, and this incredibly finely polished work is a testament to her research, careful plotting and deep...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    Of the 3 novels shortlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize this is the one that sits at the top of the list for me. This has everything I love in a novel - the lush and literary writing, it is evocative of...

  • Allison ?hikes the bookwoods?

    I enjoyed the plot and writing style, but there was something about this book that left me uninterested in how things would play out. I just never felt compelled to get back to it. ...

  • Emmkay

    Really enjoyable sequel to The Outlander, a book I’d found unexpectedly terrific. I didn’t remember the details of it at all though, and this didn’t impair my enjoyment. Focuses on 12 year old J...

  • Adam Sol

    A ripping good yarn that pushed aside all the other books I was reading for a week so I could finish it. Characters I wanted to spend more time with, landscapes I wanted to see more of, and story that...

  • Elinor

    There's no doubt that Gil Adamson's Ridgerunner deserved to be shortlisted for the 2020 Giller prize and I'm disappointed that she didn't win. Her historical research is so meticulous that I often fou...

  • Anne Logan

    I groaned inwardly as I read the description for this book as a ‘literary western’. I generally hate the western genre, I find it very dull, I don’t like guns and I’m not really a horse person...

  • Jan

    This has to be my most anticipated book of this millennium. The Outlander was always going to be hard act to follow as it was one of my top reads almost 10 years ago. To find the authors latest book i...

  • MargaretDH

    I picked this up because I read The Outlander and really enjoyed it, and I was interested to see what Adamson would do with her next historical work. I didn't even realize it was a sequel, though you ...