Friday, October 07, 2016

Friday's Forgotten Books.

(from the archives)
I am a big Larry Watson fan and LET HIM GO did not disappoint. It is a great followup to books like WHITE CROSSES and MONTANA: 1948.

After their adult son is killed in an accident, his widowed wife marries again and leaves the Blackledge's home to go with her new husband to Montana. She takes their grandson with her, of course, and therein lies the problem.

"With you or without you," Margaret Blackledge insists, and at these words George knows his only choice is to follow her.

George takes to the road with Margaret by his side, tracking down the Weboy clan quickly. When Margaret tries to convince Lorna to return home to North Dakota, bringing little Jimmy with her, the Blackledges find themselves mixed up with the entire Weboy clan, a horrific family determined not to give the boy up without a fight. It's more about possession than love with a family like this. 

This slim volume contains a heart-pounding story, unforgettable characters, terrific atmosphere and some of the most beautiful prose you will ever read. I liked it almost as much as MONTANA: 1948, making it still one of my favorite books. Oh, to write like Mr. Watson.  

For the rest of this week's links, see Todd Mason right here.


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Like you, I liked MONTANA 1948 a lot. I'll have to check this one out.

troutbirder said...

Anything about Montana can catch my interest so that go well beyond just the trout...:)

Margot Kinberg said...

This sounds great, Patti! And thanks for the reminder of Montana 1948. I keep meaning to spotlight that novel, and haven't (yet).

R. T. (Tim) Davis said...

Your praise of the author's writing abilities is sufficient to send me scurrying to the library in hopes of finding a copy. Thanks for the fine review, introducing me to a writer with whom I am not yet familiar.
From the new and improved crimes-and-punishments blogging effort with the unlikely address:
v/r Tim

Charles Gramlich said...

Feedly suggested there were a couple of newer posts but they seem to have disappeared.