David Wagoner

David Wagoner

David Wagoner (1926- 2021) was a two-time National Book Award finalist, an acclaimed poet, respected novelist and a beloved University of Washington professor. He won many prestigious awards, including two Pushcart Prizes, and was the author of ten novels, all of which we are re-issuing here  and under our Brash Books imprint, and many poetry collections.

 

Books by David Wagoner

Whole Hog

Whole Hog

The return of the western classic that the Philadelphia Inquirer says proves that David Wagoner is the "closest nowadays approximation of Mark Twain himself."

It's 1852, and it's twenty-two-year-old Zeke Hunt's job is to herd his family's 28, insatiable, scissorbill hogs from Missouri to California, where the Hunts hope to start a new life. But after his family is massacred, he's forced to continue the perilous, wild, unpredictable journey across the Great Plains with what's left of his scalp, his three remaining hogs, and Casper, an old whiskey salesman that he befriends along the way.

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Baby, Come on Inside

Baby, Come on Inside

“Three-fingers of fun if your reading has been of the lemonade variety lately.” Fresno Bee

Popsy Meadows is a Sinatra-esque superstar singer with a massive following who is entering his fifties. His voice is cracking, he’s gaining weight, and he might just be drinking himself into madness. Out of desperation, he goes back to his midwestern home town to try and find himself again…or at least to see where he went wrong. He does it by throwing a massive party that could end up being his wake.

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Tracker

Tracker

A rip-roaring, western saga in the grand tradition of Mark Twain and True Grit.

Eli is a harmonica-playing teenager working in a livery stable in Sheepshank, Colorado in 1889 when he witnesses the town’s bank explode in a shower of coins and a gang of robbers make their getaway with $30,000 in gold bullion. He recognizes the desperados...and offers to share their identities with Tracker Byrd if the half-breed Indian expert at reading trails will take him on as his apprentice. Byrd agrees, they join the town’s whiskey-drinking posse, and their wild adventure begins.

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