Ben Spier
April 18, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

So Brave, Young, and Handsome

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Leif Enger
publisher
Atlantic Monthly Press
genre
Fiction, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B-

After Monte Becket, a blocked adventure novelist, meets Glendon Hale, a white-haired boat builder, in 1915 Minnesota, he eagerly embarks with him on a jaunt to Mexico — unaware of Hale’s past as a train robber. As they journey via riverboat and battered jalopy, they’re pursued by a hard-bitten bounty hunter with a brutal handshake. Like that jalopy, Leif Enger’s So Brave, Young, and Handsome lurches forward fitfully but ultimately uncorks enough surprises and vivid characters (like a handsome blond desperado and a female sharpshooter) for a bumpy but satisfying ride in . B

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