Overlooked Books of 2012 Part III

Battleborn, Claire Vaye Watkin's first novel represents a near perfect intersection of sensibility and setting.  In ten unforgettable stories set in and around her home state of Nevada, Watkin's re imagines the mythology of the American West.  The state's unofficial nickname, which refers to Nevada's incorporation during the Civil War, gives Battleborn its title.   Full of wounded and lonely characters, secrets and intimacies, this stunning  debut has been likened to Cormac McCarthy and Richard Ford

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