Leaving Wyoming by Leo Brent RobillardLeaving Wyoming by Leo Brent Robillard
ISBN: 9780888013019
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Leaving Wyoming

Gunfights, romance, cross-country chases, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid-this modern Western has everything you could want from the genre, and a few twists.

Jesse James. Billy the Kid. Butch and Sundance. The true lives and deaths of these outlaws have been lost; rendered irrelevant by more than a century of speculation and myth. Some question whether they ever existed at all. But not Ewen "Wyoming" McGinnis. In 1901, at the age of 20, Wyoming rides away from Butch and Sundance for the last time, after learning how to fall out of the sky onto rushing trains and pull off congenial bank robberies as part of their Wild Bunch.

On his way toward Alberta, with his saddle bags full of useless unsigned banknotes, a Pinkerton detective on his trail, and the revenge-seeking Kid Curry breathing down his neck, Wyoming realizes that the romanticized life of the outlaw is rapidly disappearing under the boot of industry, and that for an illiterate man who knows nothing but riding horses and emptying trains of their payload at gunpoint, there aren't many options left.

That is until he meets Veccha, a clairvoyant living alone amongst the last vestiges of the Peigan in what is now southern Alberta. In Veccha, Wyoming finds love, learning, and a chance at leaving "Wyoming" behind forever. As long as Kid Curry and a detective named Mackenzie Webb don't catch him first.

Product Length: 8.5000 in
Product Width: 5.5000 in
Product Height: 0.2800 in
Product Weight: 0.5600 kg
Book Club Questions
  1. The real lives of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid have been explored, investigated, sifted, and mythologized in both literature and film for more than one hundred years. What does Robillard add to the weight of volumes by writing about them now – if anything? Why does he include them in Wyoming’s story?
  2. Wyoming's tale is told in four distinct points of view alongside documentary-style interludes, biographical information, and anecdotal history. How does Robillard's inclusion of these different voices affect your experience of the story? Why do you think he chose to reveal the story in this way?
  3. "That’s the way the newspapermen wanted him" (24). In the 1890s and early 1900s, newspapers were the primary source of news in North America. The common practice for newspapermen and editors of this era was to "colour" their reports with their own interpretations and bias. Objectivity was not considered to be important. Publishers even encouraged this cavalier approach to sell more papers. How would this "yellow journalism," as it became known, affect a reader’s world-view? How is this reflected in Robillard’s treatment of Butch and Sundance, or Billy the Kid? How might Wyoming's story be different if portrayed in period newspapers?
  4. It is commonly accepted that Butch and Sundance made their way to Argentina with Etta Place in tow. They bought a ranch and worked it legitimately for years. But for whatever reason, Etta left them and returned to Brown’s Park. Shortly afterward, the two bandits took up their old ways, robbing payroll shipments en route to Bolivian silver mines. According to an Elks Magazine report -- fifteen yeas after the fact -- the bandits were eventually tracked down and surrounded by federal troops in 1908. Sundance was killed in the ensuing gun battle. Butch, mortally wounded, followed him by taking his own life. Nonetheless, even to this day, there are historians who claim that Butch and Sundance were not killed in Bolivia as authorities pronounced. What drives the circulation of these little accepted theories? Is it a quest for historical accuracy, or the need for our heroes to defy death?