Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Doc

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Doc by Mary Doria Russell
Random House, May 3, 2011


The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail twenty-six-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins—before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the square-jawed, fearless lawman; before Doc Holliday is the quintessential frontier gambler; before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology—when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.

Authentic, moving, and witty, Mary Doria Russell’s fifth novel redefines these two towering figures of the American West and brings to life an extraordinary cast of historical characters, including Holliday’s unforgettable companion, Kate. First and last, however, Doc is John Henry Holliday’s story, written with compassion, humor, and respect by one of our greatest contemporary storytellers.

What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?


  1. Oh Boy, now you have my interest. I was not familiar with this one.

  2. I'm so excited for this one too! I'm a Kansas girl, so it's exciting to see anything set there, but Mary Doria Russell is also an author everyone seems to recommend to me. I want to read The Sparrow because I feel like I should, but this one appeals to me much more!

  3. I thought this looked like a good read too!

    Reading Lark's WOW

  4. I didn't realize she has another one coming out! I guess I should hurry up and read the two I already have :-)

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  6. I am waiting too...anyone had a chance to read an ARC copy?