Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

Mary Doria Russell, the bestselling, award-winning writer of The Sparrow, returns with Epitaph. An American Iliad, this richly certain and meticulously researched old novel maintains the tale she all started in Doc, following Wyatt Earp and document Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona, and to the gunfight on the O.K. Corral.

A deeply divided kingdom. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed through part the population. Smuggling and gang struggle alongside the Mexican border. Armed voters prepared to face their floor and take legislations into their very own arms. . . . 

That was once the US in 1881.

All these forces got here to undergo at the afternoon of October 26 while document Holliday and the Earp brothers confronted off opposed to the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. it's going to were an easy misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, 3 officials have been wounded and 3 voters lay lifeless within the dirt.

Wyatt Earp used to be the final guy status, the one one unscathed. The lies started earlier than the smoke cleared, however the gunfight on the O.K. Corral could quickly develop into important to American ideals in regards to the outdated West.

Epitaph tells Wyatt’s genuine tale, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried below a hundred thirty years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to truth. Epic and intimate, this novel supplies voice to the genuine women and men whose lives have been replaced without end by means of these deadly thirty seconds in Tombstone. At its middle is the girl at the back of the parable: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who enjoyed Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who rigorously chipped away on the fact till she had crafted the heroic legend that may turn into the epitaph her husband deserved.

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You were given it now,” Wyatt advised him. “Don’t inform anyone else, Ike. This needs to be our mystery. ” “Our secret,” Ike stated. “Don’t inform anyone else. ” “I won’t either,” Wyatt promised. And he stored his notice, however it wouldn’t subject in October. to not Ike. to not anyone. THE SEASON OF SPRING got here ON while TOMMY MCLAURY WENT INTO TOMBSTONE for offers on the finish of April, he didn’t cross immediately to the grocer. as an alternative, he rolled earlier Calisher’s and pulled up simply past First to determine how Mrs. Earp’s backyard used to be doing and to offer her one in every of his hound puppies. He hoped Morgan Earp will be out of city and that Lou will be out entrance tending the backyard so he may well check with her it slow. yet he had it deliberate out in his brain, in case Mr. Earp used to be there that afternoon. might be sitting out at the entrance porch interpreting a publication. Or having a cup of espresso and a smoke. “Morning,” Tom could say. “I don’t understand if you happen to have in mind me, sir. I’m Tom McLaury. ” Morgan would possibly not have stated something then. He was once the pleasant Earp, the good-natured one, yet he’d be mindful concerning the mules, so Tom deliberate to give an explanation for how Billy Clanton got here by way of and why the McLaurys couldn’t go back the animals to Lieutenant Hurst notwithstanding they intended to. Then to get off the mules, Tom may say, “I am satisfied to work out these flora are doing good. ” If Mr. Earp used to be shocked to profit that Tommy was once the neighbor who’d introduced them, Tom may say, “Yes, sir, I’m the one,” simply because his sense of right and wrong was once transparent. He may need sinned in his heart—coveting one other man’s wife—but he hadn’t performed whatever to get himself shot by way of a jealous husband, both. He’d say, “Mrs. Earp used to be attempting to get lilacs to develop right here, and that i guessed they wouldn’t do good. So I introduced her crops that prefer to bloom during this form of nation. ” There could have been an uneasy silence then, yet ice might definitely holiday while the dog started to whimper. Tommy may hop down and pass round to drop the gate. “My hound whinge had a litter,” he’d say. “I was once thinking—since you’re long past so much—maybe Mrs. Earp would prefer one. i presumed she may get lonely or scared occasionally, being on her personal like that. A puppy could be a reliable spouse. ” Tommy may open the field within the wagon mattress and quit a fats, squirming doggy. “There’s seven others, again on the farm,” he’d inform Mr. Earp. “My hounds are reliable canine, yet I can’t maintain ’em all. I’d take it kindly should you and Mrs. Earp might take this one, sir. ” Then they could speak about the dog a piece, yet in spite of everything Tommy anticipated Mr. Earp may glance him within the eye and say anything like “This is neighborly of you, and the flora have been, too. yet not more. ” And Tom could take that with reliable grace. From the beginning, he have been bothered that Lou used to be no longer unfastened to just accept his love or the lifestyles he desired to supply her. whilst he introduced the flora final month and helped her plant them, Lou herself advised him to not convey her from now on presents. That was once a sorrow to him, yet he approved it. factor used to be, he particularly did have 8 doggies to do away with, so he informed himself that if Lou took certainly one of them, she’d be doing him a desire and that might cause them to even for the plant life.

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