Before Lonesome Dove
and All the Pretty Horses
, A. B. Guthrie's The Big Sky
was the go-to novel of the American West. Those who want a gritty and realistic portrayal of the characters and environment that made up the frontier at that time need look no further. Sink your teeth into The Big Sky
and at the end when you hunger for more, pick up book two, The Way West
, which won Guthrie the Pulitzer Prize.