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Cloudy in the West

Cloudy in the West

Elmer Kelton

Forge Books


“One of the best of a new breed of Western writers who have driven the genre into new territroy.” —The New York Times

From the award-winning western writer Elmer Kelton comes a Cloudy in the West

In the Texas backlands in 1885, twelve-year-old Joey Shipman's father dies under mysterious circumstances, and the boy is forced to live with his stepmother and Blair Meacham, a hanger-on at the farm. After the death of a black farmhand and friend, and another "accident" that almost takes Joey's life, the boy runs away and joins forces with his only kin--Beau Shipman, a drunk and a jailbird. Beau, along with an outlaw, a San Antonio prostitute, and a sheepman, become Joey's unlikely partners as he is trailed by their murderous Meacham , in league with Joey's stepmother in their scheme to inherit the Shipman farm.

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NYPL Books for the Teen Age, ALA Best Books for Young Adults


Henderson County, East Texas, 1885
All afternoon Joey Shipman had been killing his stepmother with the hoe, chopping her to pieces an inch at a time. His small hands were raw from his angry grip on the...

Praise for Cloudy in the West

“The greatest Western writer of all time.” —Western Writers of America, Inc.

“One of those rare, rare books that will find fans of all ages.” —El Paso Herald-Post

“One of the best of a new breed of Western writers who have driven the genre into new territroy.” —The New York Times


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Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men's Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.

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