Original title: Cow-boy

Publication Date:

January 2020

Original language and publisher

French | Actes Sud

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Historical Fiction


Original title: Cow-boy

  • 2 Seas Represents: North American, Dutch and Nordic rights



Jean-Michel Espitallier’s father was a cowboy – a genuine American cowboy in the ‘Wild West’ of California. In his youth, he left behind his native French Alps to seek his fortune in those distant countries that seemed to contain all the hope and gold in the world. And then, for unknown reasons, he returned home. He lived the rest of his adult life in his little corner of France amidst the taciturn mountain folk of whom he was one.

Of this grandfather who was the stuff of legends, little is actually known – he is like a gaping hole in the family mythology.

A blend of investigation, Western, brief history of the universe, depiction of the daily life of cowboys in California, imaginative voyage across the American continent and meditation on memory, this tale reconstructs the life of this opaque character all the way up to his grand love affair with the author’s grandmother.

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