The Wintering Place: A Novel (Hardcover)

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I love a good western and this is the best I have read in a long time. Two Irish brothers, having fought in the American Civil War and deserted the ongoing Indian Wars, take refuge in a cave near the Bozeman Trail and hope they can live through the winter. The lover of one of the brothers, a young woman who is part Sioux and part French Canadian, provides essential knowledge and survival skills. Equally threatened by harsh elements and unwelcome visitors, the trio manages to endure. The violence of their lives is balanced by heart-swelling familial love and perfectly evoked natural beauty. McCarthy's voice in telling this tale is a thing of beauty. — Stan Hynds

Two brothers attempt to carve lives for themselves in the unforgiving landscape of the Dakota territory after the Civil War. They are forced to take refuge from the winter storms in a cave with a woman they rescued from abuse inflicted upon her in a brothel. The brutal, battering weather, the gnawing hunger, and the isolation prove to be secondary threats when two grizzled trappers ask to share their shelter. McCarthy's novel, part western and part survival tale, is frequently as bone-chilling as its setting, told with an uncompromising toughness that perfectly matches its two protagonists. — Alden Graves


Deserting to escape the horrors of the Indian wars two soldiers, Irish brothers, seek peace with the woman they love.

Dakota Territory, 1867. The O’Driscoll brothers have survived a Sioux massacre, but Michael is gravely wounded. The deserters are fleeing north with Tom’s lover, Sara, when they come upon a sheltering rock by a river down off the Bozeman trail. If there is game here, they may survive the winter. But their attempts to find food and endure the savage winter are threatened by the arrival in their camp of two trappers, whose presence sets in motion a series of bloody events that will mark the trio as Outlaws, hunted by the Montana Vigilance Committee, their likenesses appearing on Wanted posters in settlements and mining camps along the trail. Enter any town, and they will have to shoot their way out. The rock and the river become their safe place, and when spring comes, their paradise. But the world seeks its way to them, and even in paradise human nature makes its own trouble. In this follow-up to his acclaimed novel, Wolves of Eden, Kevin McCarthy tells a story of three very human characters battling to survive in a vast, beautiful, and unforgiving landscape.

About the Author

Kevin McCarthy is the author of the historical novels Wolves of Eden, Irregulars, Peeler, and, most recently, The Wintering Place. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Praise For…

[D]arkly suspenseful.
— Alida Becker - New York Times Book Review

[A]s bloody and visceral as a Sam Peckinpah film....[A] solid revisionist western.
— Publishers Weekly

A powerful account of survival at all costs in a world where might is right.
— Declan Burke - Irish Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781324020486
ISBN-10: 1324020482
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 15th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English