The Kid

A new novel by SCU professor Ron Hansen M.A. ’95 presents an unforgettable tale about a uniquely American antihero.

It was a legendary moment in the American West—July 14, 1881. Sheriff Pat Garrett, after pursuing the famous gunslinger Billy the Kid for months, caught up with him at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. In the dead of night, shots rang out and the boyishly handsome outlaw fell dead.

The legend of Billy the Kid lived on, though. Perhaps because “he seemed to personify so much about the Wild West,” says author and Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor in SCU’s College of Arts and Sciences Ron Hansen M.A. ’95.

Hansen set out to separate the man from the myth and in his new book, The Kid, he does so with the style and sensitivity he’s known for. Original, powerful, and swiftly told, the novel is an unforgettable tale about a uniquely American antihero.

Hansen recently discussed the book with Renee Montagne on NPR’s Morning Edition. “We’ve always made heroes of outlaws,” Hansen told Montagne. “They seem perfectly free, as opposed to the rest of us who are living conventional lives.” Listen to the full interview on the NPR website.