The Bookshelf: In 'Retribution Rails,' Erin Bowman Returns to the Wild West

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In the late 1880s, rail was creeping across western America, connecting towns and changing lives. The west was still relatively wild in those days, and that Wild West is the setting of the new young adult novel by Erin Bowman. Retribution Rails is the story of a young man caught up with a band of cold-hearted killers and thieves and the young woman who aspires to write for a newspaper, any paper, and prove that she can write just as well, if not better, than any man out there. Erin Bowman spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello. Click here to read Erin Bowman's top five reading recommendations. What features of this time and place—Arizona in 1887—make you want to write about it? I’ve loved the Wild West and stories set in that era and location for as long as I...

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