Many a River
In 1855, an Arkansas sharecropper family is attacked by Comanche Indian raiders while traveling through North Texas looking for good farming land. The parents are killed; both of their young sons, Jeffrey and Todd, survive the attack but then become separated from each other. Jeffrey, the oldest at eight, is rescued by Texas militiamen. The Indians kidnap Todd, who is only five years old.
The tale continues until the boys are six years older. The American Civil War begins, and the settlers in Texas and New Mexico are forced to join sides. Separately, the boys must learn survival techniques to live in this hostile land with little adult guidance.
Elmer Kelton is a seven-time Spur Award winner and considered by many to be the prominent Western writer of our time. This novel, like many of his other accomplishments, is character-driven with pitfalls developed along the way for his protagonists. I enjoyed this novel, a page-turner with very interesting characters and an intriguing storyline. I highly recommend this book for true Western lovers.