Epitaph

Epitaph

A Novel of the O.K. Corral

Book - 2015
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Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Sparrow, returns with Epitaph. An American Iliad, this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands. . . .

That was America in 1881.

All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October 26 when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt.

Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West.

Epitaph tells Wyatt's real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal thirty seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062198761
Branch Call Number: WES RUS
Characteristics: 581 pages ; 24 cm

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AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

Mary Doria Russell is my favorite author. Her characters are amazing, her stories are compelling and her writing is unparalleled.

AnnabelleLee27 Sep 28, 2016

Fictionalized (but well researched) story of Wyatt Earp and Josephine Sarah Marcus in Tombstone, with Doc Holliday. Russell filled out the characters making them robust and complex. I especially appreciated her treatment of Josephine.

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Warru37
Apr 11, 2016

Sept. '16 Book Club

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Dec 28, 2015

Enjoyable follow-up to Doc.

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becker
Dec 22, 2015

A good piece of well researched historical fiction about a crazy time in American history where sections of the Western United States were almost completely lawless. I enjoyed getting to know some of these famous historical characters. My only complaint is that it was a bit slow in places. Bogged down with detail that would occasionally get tedious. This is not a book to rush through. Take your time and soak it all up.

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GummiGirl
Jun 06, 2015

A realistic, if lengthy, account of the famous gunfight, the reasons for it, and its aftermath. Full of interesting characters, although I sometimes struggled to remember the details about all of them.

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axeman
May 22, 2015

This story follows after the novel call Doc which I really liked. This is excellent American historical fiction with a great plot. The writing was fantastic.

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