Friday, November 27, 2015

Two Gun and Sun by June Hutton

In 1922 a lone woman arrives in a filthy frontier mining town in the Pacific Northwest. Her goal: to resurrect her dead uncle's newspaper. Within two days a naked man is shot dead, a famous man is rumoured to be heading their way and the only man capable of fixing her broken-down press so that she might spread this news is a Chinese printer from the nearby forbidden settlement of Lousetown. Over the next month, Lila Sinclair will take even bigger risks to see her business thrive-from her questionable news reporting to her negotiations with a partner who's a liar and a gambler. Reckless, stubborn and with a maddening tendency to shed tears when provoked, Lila works long hours next to her printer to see her dream through, only to discover all that she could lose. Inspired by the historical figures Morris "Two Gun" Cohen and Dr. Sun Yat-sen, whose joint pursuits would later bolster a revolution that ushered in the modern era for China, and further informed by Puccini's LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, with its themes of intercultural love in the Old West, June Hutton blends fact with fiction in a dramatic tale that is part historical novel, part steampunk opera and part otherworldly Western. Brutally beautiful, at times playful and absurd and then swiftly tragic, TWO GUN & SUN explores themes of truth, love and independence.

Review by Mirella Patzer

Two-Gun and Sun is the epitome of unique storytelling - characters, setting, and plot go beyond the norm to reveal a creative tale! Add to this a boldy courageous heroine whose determination knows no bounds and you've got a great story. I would definitely classify this novel as intelligent, cerebral, and intensely entertaining. This is wonderfulf literary fiction. The author's style is to not use quotation marks for dialogue which took a while to get used to, but the great story superceeded this issue. June Hutton is one of my favourite Canadian authors, a gifted writer with talent. I highly recommend her books! 

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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