Books by Larry Watson

LET HIM GO by Larry Watson
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"The sort of book that puts the shine back on genre as an adjective to describe fiction."
Spartan prose for a Spartan tale of badlands justice set in North Dakota and eastern Montana in the fall of 1951. Read full book review >
AMERICAN BOY by Larry Watson
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

Watson's (Montana 1948, 1993, etc.) sixth novel resonates with language as clear and images as crisp as the spare, flat prairie of its Minnesota setting.

Matthew Garth's father died when Matt was a young boy, leaving him to be raised, or watched over as he raised himself, by a withdrawn, hard-working waitress mother. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"The soft-focus ending is only a momentary respite from the novel's preoccupation—the persistent, agonizing allure of the unknowable."
A writer scours the past and his own false starts in an ultimately futile quest to explain the 1961 assassination of a charismatic North Dakota legislator. Read full book review >
ORCHARD by Larry Watson
Released: Aug. 19, 2003

"For a character-driven work, this is a disappointing bunch. Henry is a bore, Ned a stereotype of the artist as egomaniac, and Harriet short-changed. Only Sonja stirs the soul. Watson's sixth is graced by his customary fine detail work, but it's not enough."
The art world is the only winner in this bleak look at an unhappy quartet: a painter, his model, and their spouses. Read full book review >
LAURA by Larry Watson
Released: June 1, 2000

"A finely wrought, if emotionally cool, tale of enduring passion. "
The story of a man's long obsession with a beautiful woman poet, the latest from award-winning novelist Watson (White Crosses, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
WHITE CROSSES by Larry Watson
Released: June 1, 1997

The coverup of a scandal by a well-intentioned Montana sheriff and its devastating consequences lie at the heart of this sequel to the well-received Montana 1948 (1993). Sheriff Jack Nevelsen is an unlikely law-and-order candidate; he prefers observation to action, and he doesn't carry a gun. Read full book review >

JUSTICE by Larry Watson
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

A prequel to Montana 1948 (1993), once again centered on the Hayden family of Montana, though this time the focus broadens beyond a small-town sheriff and his bad brother to explore the theme of justice in a series of intimate short stories. The collection is notable for its unrelenting tension, the result of texture and detail more than plot or conflict. Read full book review >

MONTANA 1948 by Larry Watson
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Watson (In a Dark Time, 1980), winner of the 1993 Milkweed National Fiction Prize, offers a lean, gaunt narrative rich with implication about a 12-year-old boy who witnesses the anguish of his sheriff father, who is forced to arrest his own brother for rape. David Hayden, now a history teacher, narrates the events of over 40 years ago, when his father, trained as a lawyer, was in his second term as sheriff of Bentrock, a small community of 2,000 close to the Canadian border. Read full book review >