"Richardson, whose Mormon ancestors settled in the northern Salt Lake Valley, offers a complete portrait of life in the American West by exploring the struggles of a woman living outside the centers of power. Engaging and beautifully written,Tributary is a welcome addition to the current conversation."
"As wild and isolating as the determined, defiant Clair, the prairies and mountain ranges seduce both narrator and reader. Richardson has created rich, memorable characters."
—HIGH COUNTRY NEWS
"In some ways, the novel serves to circumvent the convention of Western literature…the story explores how the landscape itself becomes the salvation of Clair Martin."
—THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
"Richardson takes readers back to 1870 Utah for this tale of strength and survival. Raised as a Mormon, our hero Clair Martin travels to the American South, through Shoshone country, and back to Utah."
"A quest to belong is the theme of this novel from Richardson, whose lyrical prose and heartfelt characters shine through. This novel has much to offer, including a balanced perspective on a controversial time in Mormon history, but its greatest gift is its wisdom about finding one’s own path."
"Richardson is a new American voice worth listening to."
—PETER HELLER, author ofThe Painter andThe Dog Stars
"Beautifully written and engaging, this is a story of one woman and her refusal to cave into societal norms in order to seek her own difficult and inspired path."
—LAURA PRITCHETT, author ofStars Go Blue
"You'll love resolute Clair Martin, the equal of any man—or religion. Clair's strength and survival are the heritage of western women."
—SANDRA DALLAS, author ofTrue Sisters
"A remarkable odyssey of the American West, told in one of the most clear–sighted, unjudging, and original voices I've come across in years."
—MOLLY GLOSS, author ofThe Jump–Off Creek
"Seldom does a novel come along that is as beautifully written and emotionally honest asTributary. A lyrical and haunting story not to be missed."
—MARGARET COEL, author ofBuffalo Bill's Dead Now
"From polygamist Mormon desert settlements to the yellow fever–plagued Gulf to an Idaho sheep ranch, Richardson evokes the 19th–century West and the human heart in all their complexity."
—BARBARA WRIGHT, author of the Spur Award–winning novelPlain Language
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