The Way West
by A.B. Guthrie Jr.
From the back cover of the 2002 trade paperback edition (Mariner Books):
With A.B. Guthrie, the pioneer West has found its novelist at last.
An enormously entertaining classic, The Way West brings to life the adventure of the western passage and the pioneer spirit. The sequel to The Big Sky, this celebrated novel charts a frontiersmans return to the untamed West in 1846. Dick Summers, as pilot of a wagon train, guides a group of settlers on the difficult journey from Missouri to Oregon. In sensitive but unsentimental prose, Guthrie illuminates the harsh trials and resounding triumphs of pioneer life. With The Way West, he pays homage to the grandeur of the western wilderness, its stark and beautiful scenery, and its extraordinary people.
A.B. Guthrie Jr. lived much of his life in Montana. He is the author of numerous books, including six Big Sky novels, as well as the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning film Shane. He received the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for The Way West. Guthrie, who died in 1991, is honored for his contribution to literature and his timeless portrayal of the American West.