Wednesday, December 04, 2013

First Wednesday Book Review Club

Dad circa 1955

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 more reviews, go to Barrie Summy's blog


Anonymous said...

Patti - Oh, now you've got me hooked! I loved Montana 1948 and if this one's written that well, I must read it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

And you hooked me with your suggestions on Andrew's blog. They all looked terrific.

Rose said...

I've never read anything by Larry Watson, but your glowing review has me intrigued--will definitely check this one out.

Anonymous said...

OK. If you're comparing it favorably to MONTANA 1948 I'll have to check it out.

Jeff M.

Sarah Laurence said...

The atmosphere does sound enticing - fine review!

Gerard said...

Watson's books just don't strike a chord with me. I skipped his last one, AMERICAN BOY, but will likely read this one - if only because the state book awards committee I am still on will require me to.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Maybe you are too close to this sort of life. For me it is exotic.

Lucy said...

Interesting review. Thanks for sharing.