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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Inc
Publication date September 11, 2007
Pages 212
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780812978223
ISBN-10 0812978226
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.40 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
When an enigmatic stranger burns the small Dakota Territory town of Hard Times to the ground, leaving many of the town's inhabitants dead, Blue, a record keeper and self-appointed mayor, determinedly rallies the frightened, fed-up, and dazed townspeople to rebuild, in a new edition of the author's debut novel. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage–a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably–and makes them his provisional family. Blue begins to rebuild Hard Times, welcoming new settlers, while Molly waits with vengeance in her heart for the return of the outlaw. Here is E. L. Doctorow’s debut novel, a searing allegory of frontier life that sets the stage for his subsequent classics.

“A forceful, credible story of cowardice and evil.”
–The Washington Post

“We are caught up with these people as real human beings.”
–Chicago Sun-Times

“Dramatic and exciting.”
–The New York Times

“Terse and powerful.”
–Newsweek

“A taut, bloodthirsty read.”
–The Times Literary Supplement

“A superb piece of fiction.”
–The New Republic

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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Random House Inc (September 11, 2007)
9780812978223 | details & prices | 212 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $16.00
About: When an enigmatic stranger burns the small Dakota Territory town of Hard Times to the ground, leaving many of the town's inhabitants dead, Blue, a record keeper and self-appointed mayor, determinedly rallies the frightened, fed-up, and dazed townspeople to rebuild, in a new edition of the author's debut novel.
from Plume (July 1, 1996)
9780452275713 | details & prices | 212 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Doctorow's magnificent first novel follows the story of how the town of Hard Times in the Dakota Territory got its name.
from Penguin USA (July 1, 1996)
9789990081039 | details & prices | List price $0.02
from Vintage Books (September 1, 1992)
9780679736271 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $10.00
About: When the Man from Bodie burns the small Dakota Territory town of Hard Times to the ground, Blue, record keeper and self-appointed mayor, determinedly rallies the frightened, fed-up, and dazed townspeople to rebuild

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