Taut and epic, mythic and intimate, Beth Henley’s Abundance asks what happens when manifest destiny, selfhood, and friendship become embroiled in a competitive love triangle complete with seductions, betrayals, and power plays. Two mail-order brides, Bess and Macon, meet when they come to the Wyoming territory in the late 1860s, looking for love and adventure. The two husbands are Jack, a brutish would-be gunslinger, and Will, a one-eyed pioneer of the American Dream. In Henley’s visionary, insightful, and contemporary take on the Old West, these four achingly human characters carve themselves and each other into parcels of contradiction without understanding the profound consequences of their actions.
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