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Left Bank Books welcomes Missouri debut novelist Gordy Sauer, who will discuss his highly anticipated debut, an "accomplished literary western" set partially in St. Louis, Child in the Valley, on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 31. Sauer will be in conversation with UMSL MFA Alum Michael Nye. Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of Child in the Valley from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores! About Child in the Valley Seventeen-year-old Joshua Gaines is the orphaned foster son of a failed doctor on the run from his father's debt. In 1849, he travels to Independence, Missouri and falls in with the mysterious, four-fingered Renard, and his companion, formerly-enslaved Free Ray. Joshua offers his medical expertise to their party, and together they embark on the fifteen-hundred mile overland journey to Gold Rush California. Following the hardship, disease, and death on the trail, the company abandons panning the river in favor of robbery and murder. Engulfed by violence, the young doctor-turned-marauder must reckon with his own morality, his growing desire for the men around him, and the brutality that has haunted him all his life. For fans of The Revenantand Ian McGuire's The North Water, Child in the Valley is a gorgeously rendered tale cut from the turmoil of a fledgling America. Gordy Sauer's careful eye and penetrating literary lens offers a modern, incisive look into the complexities of masculinity, isolation, and the impenetrable nature of greed. Child in the Valley is vividly brutal and haunting, well beyond its subject matter. Gordy Sauer has a bright future ahead of him. --Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove Set during the era of the California gold rush, Child in the Valley is the brutal telling of one man's journey as he travels west in the hope of changing his life's circumstance. Richly detailed and beautifully written, Sauer's novel is an examination of the lengths people are willing to go fo
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