Jason Stone, The Beauty of Days Gone By

Saudade Press, a new division of Story Farm, will publish Jason Stone’s THE BEAUTY OF THE DAYS GONE BY in trade paper, e-book and audio editions this November. “We’ve been looking to expand our portfolio with high-quality fiction for years,” says Bob Morris, publisher of Story Farm. Truly a stunning work of art for a debut novelist, we think it’s going take the publishing world by surprise.”

Based on historical events that occurred in Comancheria, the region of West Texas and New Mexico controlled by the Comanche in the 18th and 19th centuries, THE BEAUTY OF THE DAYS GONE BY is a historical survival story, interweaving the reminisces of aging plainsman Charles Goodnight in the late 1920s against the backdrop of Reconstruction Texas and the events set in motion when a Kiowa raiding party kills the wife and abducts the sons of his friend R.L. Terry.

It is 1866 and the Civil War is over, the frontier of Texas is in chaos, and Sam and Charlie Terry are hauled away into captivity. As their father searches for them, Sam is traded to a band of Comanches under the leadership of Quanah Parker. Sam slowly becomes assimilated, growing up and thriving as a warrior in the nomadic Quahada horse Indian culture, fighting desperately to defend their homelands in the Indian Wars of the 1860s and 70s.

After being defeated by Ranald Mackenzie and his vaunted Southern Column, the Comanches and Kiowas submit to reservation life. Sam’s identity is discovered, and he is forced to return home where he never fully adjusts to life in white society. And at the center of this tragedy lies an elderly plainsman, Charles Goodnight, who is facing his mortality and dealing with the memories of his life, the passing of the times, and the pain of certain choices he made and his role in the heartbreaking saga of the Terry family.

Morris, an accomplished author of five works of fiction says, “I’m stunned not only by Jason Stone’s meticulous research and attention to detail, but also how he’s so masterfully woven such a beautiful, complex narrative into the calamitous clash of cultures that defined the settlement of the American West, while also exploring themes such as the passage of time, the choices we make, and the role of fate in our lives. He truly brings the authenticity of Charles Goodnight to life... and absorbs readers into the experiences of Indian captivity and transports them into life on the Texas frontier. We’re very fortunate to launch Saudade Press with this remarkable work.”

Jason Stone grew up in West Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in the Texas Hill Country

 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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306 Pearl Parkway
Suite 106
San Antonio, TX 78215
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ISBN: 9781737604648
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Published: Saudade Press - August 24th, 2022

Based on historical events that occurred in Comancheria, the region of West Texas and New Mexico controlled by the Comanche in the 18th and 19th centuries, THE BEAUTY OF THE DAYS GONE BY is a historical survival story, interweaving the reminisces of aging plainsman Charles Goodnight in the late 1920s against the backdrop of Reconstruction Texas and the events set in motion when a Kiowa raiding par


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