Anything Goes: A Novel

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Anything Goes: the enchanting story of a vaudeville troupe that makes its way to Western mining towns, from renowned master of the Western novel, Richard S. Wheeler.

The cowboys, gold miners, outlaws, gunmen, prostitutes, and marshals who populate the Wild West never see much big-city entertainment. Most towns are too wild and rowdy for entertainers to enter, let alone perform in. All that is about to change.

August Beausoleil and his colleague, Charles Pomerantz, have taken the Beausoleil Brothers Follies to the remote mining towns of Montana, far from the powerful impresarios who own the talent and control the theaters on the big vaudeville circuits. Their cast includes a collection of has-beens and second-tier performers: Mary Mabel Markey, the shopworn singer now a little out of breath; Wayne Windsor, "The Profile," who favors his audiences with just one side of his face while needling them with acerbic dialogue; Harry the Juggler, who went from tossing teacups to tossing scimitars; Mrs. McGivers and her capuchin monkey band; and the Wildroot Sisters, born to show business and managed by a stage mother who drives August mad.

Though the towns are starved for entertainment, the Follies struggles to fill seats as the show grinds from town to town. Just when the company is desperate for fresh talent, a mysterious young woman astonishes everyone with her exquisite voice.

The Wild West will never be the same. They've seen comics, gorgeous singers, and scimitar-tossing jugglers. Now if the troupers can only make it back East . . . alive!

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RICHARD S. WHEELER is the author of more than fifty novels of the American West. He holds six Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime contribution to the literature of the West. He makes his home in Livingston, Montana, near Yellowstone National Park.
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Forge Books
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Published on
Dec 8, 2015
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Pages
368
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ISBN
9781466847941
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English
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Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Westerns
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Mountain man Barnaby Skye and his Crow wife are back in Going Home and Downriver, two beloved installments of renowned Western writer Richard S. Wheeler's Spur Award-winning Skye's West series

Going Home
It is 1832, six years after he deserted the Royal Navy, when Barnaby Skye has a chance to return to England to clear his name and take up employment with the Hudson's Bay Company. With his devoted Crow wife, Victoria, an eccentric botanist named Alistair Nutmeg, and a strange pariah dog following along, Skye makes his way west to begin his journey home. But Skye is as much a magnet for trouble as he is a legend among mountain men. The legendary frontiersman fights Mexican bandits, murderous Pacific coastal Indians, thirst, starvation, and despair as he learns where home really is and what honor really means.

Downriver
In the summer of 1838, the beaver-trapping business is dying out. When Barnaby Skye is offered a chance to become a post trader in his Crow wife's homeland, he makes the journey to St. Louis to present himself as a candidate for the job to the mighty managers of the Upper Missouri Outfit. The 2,000-mile voyage down the Missouri River steamboat Otter offers dangers at every turn--but the real danger lies in another passenger on the paddlewheel steamer, the Creole fur brigade leader Alexandre Bonfils. This nefarious man is a rival for the job Skye is seeking and is determined to be the only candidate by the time the Otter reaches the city.

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Richard S. Wheeler
From six-time Spur Award-winning author, Richard S. Wheeler, two tales of strength in the face of adversity- Easy Pickings and The First Dance at one low price.

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This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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