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Book Recommedation: Larry Watson’s Let Him Go

images.mobilism.orgLet Him Go, Larry Watson’s latest novel, packs a punch.  I highly recommend reading this novel, or any of Larry Watson’s novels, including Montana 1948 and American Boy, but this one is a great, tense, entertaining read. It is, as they say, a slow burn.  But burn it does.

For you Milwaukee folks, Larry is one of our own.  He is a professor of creative writing at Marquette University.  I was drawn to him as an author primarily due to Montana 1948 which is set in north eastern Montana, and since I’m a native Montanan, the connection is simple.

Here’s an interesting coincidence:  My book Badlands and Larry Watson’s Let Him Go, both published in the same year, are set in the same town in eastern Montana, though the town is fictionalized differently.  In reality, the actual geographic setting of both novels is Glendive, Montana.

In  Badlands, Glendive is hardly disguised as a town called Riverside.  In Let Him Go Glendive is renamed Gladstone.  While in Badlands the setting is a realistic image of Glendive in the late 1960s and early ’70s, in Let Him Go Gladstone is a much more fictionalized  Glendive set in the early 1950s, but it is unmistakenly Glendive because the town is located between Wibaux and Miles City, Montana.

I wonder if Glendivians know this–not that Glendive is situated between Wibaux and Miles City–but that its city is the setting of two recent works of fiction.  I would highly recommend Larry Watson’s novel, and while you’re at it, mine too!  Thanks.

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  1. Carole Hicks Wilondek #

    I think you meant either Wibaux, Montana or Beach, N.D…..right?

    July 16, 2014
    • Thomas Biel #

      Yes, you’re right. I’ll have to make the change. Wibaux, Montana–I forgot it was in Montana! Thanks for the heads up.

      July 16, 2014

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