The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis is the best western I’ve read in years. I’d tell you stuff about the plot, but it’ll be a lot more fun if you just read it and don’t peek at the cover flaps. I will tell you that it involves (not always successful) cross dressing and bankrobbing, and that it made me giggle quite a lot, and I cried at the end. I should point out, however, that I cry easily. So my crying at the end of a book indicates that
a) the book had a sad ending, or
b) the book had a happy ending, and/or
c) the book was really, really good and I was bummed that it ended.
The Misadventures of Maude March was really, really, really good.
Following on from your excellent book recommendations I picked up the one rec’d book that was handy: A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. Thank you, Little Willow, for the suggestion. ACSL is one of the best ghost love stories ever—better even than The Ghost and Mrs Muir which I bonded with at a very early age and have never stopped adoring. This book also made me cry. It’s so beautiful and touching.
Also religious. The protag believes deeply in God and with reason: She’s dead and knows for a fact that heaven and hell and limbo exist. I love the worldbuilding in this book. I love the way Whitcomb makes it all work. Often ghost stories leave me wondering what the ghosts can and can’t do and why. Not this one. Beautiful, believable and, well, haunting. I loved it.
Posted: NYC 11:16PM, 19 March