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Watson's novel about a middle-class Montana family torn apart by scandal during the summer of 1948 was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A young Sioux woman tossing with fever on a cot; a father begging his wife for help; a mother standing uncertainly in her kitchen with a 12-gauge shotgun: from these fragments of memory, evoked by the narrator as the novel opens, Watson builds a simple but powerful tale. It is Montana in 1948, and young David Hayden's father, Wesley, is sheriff of their small town--a position he inherited from his domineering father. Wesley is overshadowed by his older brother, Frank, a war hero who is now the town doctor. When Marie, the Sioux woman who works for the Haydens, fall ill, she adamantly resists being examined by Frank. Some probing reveals that Frank has been molesting the Indian women in his care. Wesley's dilemma--should he turn in his own brother?--is intensified when Marie is found dead and David confesses that he saw his uncle near the house before she died. The moral issues, and the consequences of following one's conscience, are made painfully evident here. Watson is to be congratulated for the honesty of his writing and the purity of his prose. Highly recommended.
- Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great! Fast Read! Super tension. You'll like it! You will be able to feel Montana in e very scene. You could feel the biting cold with the wind as it blew through each time.Published 1 month ago by S. S. Owens
I loved this story. I was born in Butte, Montana in 1948. This is a totally different view of life.Published 1 month ago by jim1
I read it in one sitting. It is the next selection to be reviewed by my book club. Can't wait to hear what the others think.Published 3 months ago by Sheila Quaid
I was searching for something to read that would satisfy my hunger for good literature mixed with high-interest. Definitely found it! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda A Schneider
I read this because my son had to read it for school, and the best way to check whether he actually read the book or not is to read it myself. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Megan Orme-Whitlock