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Chasing Good Sense: A Boy's Life on the Frontier
by Homer McCarty
edited by Coralie McCarty Beyers
University of Utah Press, 2018
Paper: 978-1-60781-655-3 | eISBN: 978-1-60781-656-0
Library of Congress Classification F826.6
Dewey Decimal Classification 979.202092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this creative memoir, Homer McCarty adopts the voice of seven-year-old Buck to recollect his own life growing up in rugged southern Utah Territory in the late 1800s. Although Buck’s reflections are necessarily imprecise—gathered from fragments of memory and then embellished freely—the stories he tells are an honest look at life on the frontier.  

In the spirit of Huck Finn, Buck embarks on adventures and mischief with his loyal friend, Earl. Naïve, eager, and inquisitive, he seeks to make sense of his world. McCarty’s portrayal of the period is often humorous, capturing the intimacy of place and family through a young boy’s eyes.

McCarty completed this work in 1948. Had it not been for a series of fortuitous events and the dedication of his granddaughters, including Coralie Beyers, these pages would have been lost. Thanks to her efforts, her grandfather’s lively, entertaining book is now available for readers to relish and enjoy.

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