The Homesman: A Novel

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Soon to be a major film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and co-starring Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, and John Lithgow, this classic Western novel captures the devastating realities of early frontier life through the eyes of one extraordinary woman.


Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A “homesman” must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy—ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful. Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone. The only companion she can find is the low-life claim jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, and loneliness—a timeless classic told in a series of tough, fast-paced adventures.

In an unprecedented sweep, Glendon Swarthout’s novel won both the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award. A new afterword by the author’s son Miles Swarthout tells of his parents Glendon and Kathryn’s discovery of and research into the lives of the oft-forgotten frontier women who make The Homesman as moving and believable as it is unforgettable.


  • TheHomesman 01 Title

    Duration: 39s
  • TheHomesman 02 TheGather Part1 a

    Duration: 01h17min
  • TheHomesman 03 TheGather Part1 b

    Duration: 01h05min
  • TheHomesman 04 TheGather Part2

    Duration: 22min
  • TheHomesman 05 TheGather Part3

    Duration: 09min
  • TheHomesman 06 TheGather Part4

    Duration: 23min
  • TheHomesman 07 TheTrail a

    Duration: 01h17min
  • TheHomesman 08 TheTrail b

    Duration: 01h21min
  • TheHomesman 09 TheTrail c

    Duration: 01h18min
  • TheHomesman 10 TheHomesman

    Duration: 35min
  • TheHomesman 11 Credits

    Duration: 01min