In his nationwide publication Award–winning novel Augustus, John Williams exposed the secrets and techniques of historic Rome. With Butcher’s Crossing, his fiercely clever, fantastically written western, Williams dismantles the myths of recent America.
It is the 1870s, and may Andrews, ﬁred up through Emerson to hunt “an unique relation to nature,” drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher’s Crossing, a small Kansas city at the outskirts of nowhere. Butcher’s Crossing is filled with stressed males searching for how one can generate profits and how one can waste it. earlier than lengthy Andrews moves up a friendship with one in every of them, a guy who regales Andrews with stories of vast herds of buffalo, prepared for the taking, hidden away in a gorgeous valley deep within the Colorado Rockies. He convinces Andrews to hitch in an day trip to trace the animals down. the adventure out is grueling, yet on the finish is a spot of paradisal richness. as soon as there, even though, the 3 males abandon themselves to an orgy of slaughter, so stuck up in killing buffalo that they lose all feel of time. wintry weather quickly overtakes them: they're snowed in. subsequent spring, half-insane with cabin fever, chilly, and starvation, they stagger again to Butcher’s Crossing to ﬁnd an international as irremediably replaced as they've been.