The idea for THE OUTCASTS began with my reading about the legends of pirate's gold hidden in the bayou country southeast of Houston. After the Civil War, fortune hunters looked in vain for a vast treasure rumored to be buried close to a settlement called Middle Bayou—now the Armand Nature Preserve—hoping to strike it rich. With this third novel, I have returned to the legends of my childhood, to the men and women of Texas who faced a country brought low by war, braving harsh conditions and extraordinary violence and lawlessness in order to survive. It is a tribute to kinship, and to the love and sacrifice that brought hope to a turbulent and uncertain time.

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The Outcasts was awarded the American Library Association's 2014 Reading List Top Pick for Historical Fiction



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