Books by Larry Watson

AS GOOD AS GONE by Larry Watson
Released: June 21, 2016

"Watson's powerful characterizations frame large and connected themes: family loyalty, the conflicting capacities of love, and the tenuous connections between humans."
Bill Sidey wants someone he knows well to watch his kids while his wife has surgery, and so he looks up a rank old cowboy, Calvin Sidey, who happens to be the father who virtually abandoned him when he was a boy. Read full book review >
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

"A literary tale chronicling the painful struggle required of a boy to birth himself as a man."
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. 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

"Powerful in its evocation of awkward rural lives lunging for any sort of consummation, even if the result is destruction, this frequently haunting portrait of a doomed man is an unlikely but compelling blend of Appointment in Samarra and A River Runs Through It. (Author tour)"
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). Read full book review >
JUSTICE by Larry Watson
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Episodic, but also an intense, vivid portrait of braided lives."
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. Read full book review >
MONTANA 1948 by Larry Watson
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A literary page-turner, morally complex and satisfying in its careful accumulation of detail and in its use of landscape to reveal character."
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. Read full book review >