I would like to read the Homesman by Glendon Swarthout, which has been rereleased in conjunction with a new film adaptation of the novel, directed by Tommy Lee Jones and starring Hilary Swank, John Lithgow, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones,
The story concerns , a pious, independent and resourceful frontier woman named Mary Bee Cuddy (Academy Award Winner® Hilary Swank), who despite being used to living a life of solitude and hard work in America’s West in the 1850s, is Lonely and isolated. Then One day she is informed by the local preacher (John Lithgow) that three local women who have been living on the edge of the American Frontier but have been driven insane by the harsh pioneer life, are to be transported across the barren country to a safe haven, in Iowa where a waiting minister and his wife have offered to take them in. so Mary Bee volunteers for the dangerous and arduous task of leading them to Iowa by covered wagon .
Along the way she stumbles across low-life reprobate claim-jumper George Briggs(Academy Award Winner® Tommy Lee Jones) hanging from a noose, so Mary Bee saves his life but only in exchange for his assistance in escorting the three troubled women. The unlikely pairing set off on the long, difficult journey across the harsh Nebraska Territories where their courage and resilience are tested to the limit as they face psychological peril and constant threat along the way.
Other novels published by Glendon Swarthout include Willow Run, They Came to Cordura, Where the Boys Are, Welcome to Thebes, The Cadillac Cowboys, The Eagle and the Iron Cross, Loveland, Bless the Beasts and Children, The Tin Lizzie Troop, Luck and Pluck, The Shootist, A Christmas Gift (also known as The Melodeon, Skeletons,The Old Colts, The Homesman, Pinch Me, I Must Be Dreaming (1994, posthumous) and Easterns and Westerns (2001) (short story collection), edited by Miles Hood Swarthout. The Homesman isn’t the first of Swarthout’s novels to receive the silver screen treatment either, other films based on his novels include: 7th Cavalry, They Came to Cordura, Where the Boys Are, Bless the Beasts & Children, The Shootist and A Christmas to Remember.