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4.0 out of 5 stars Montana 1948 Book Review, April 5, 2006
This review is from: Montana 1948: A Novel (Paperback)
The novel, Montana 1948, written by Larry Watson, was an exceedingly impressive book. It was an inspiring story that stands for justice no matter who it is or what has been done. The novel takes place in a small town called Bentrock located in Mercer County, Montana during 1948. As Watson describes the book he makes me feel as though I am involved in an old western film. "Montana is hard country-the land is dry and sparse and the wind never stops blowing. Mercer County is plains, flat as a tabletop on its western edge and riven with gullies, ravines, and low rocky hills to the east..."

His writing techniques are unique. "The park was jammed that day (I'm sure no event has ever gathered as many of the county's residents in one place)..." Watson adds in little details using parentheses, giving you more of a feel for the character who is telling the story also giving you a different way of description. Watson takes his time in making sure we understand each character, how they act and their personality.

David Hayden is the main character telling us the story of when he was 12 years old. Wes Hayden was David's father who never carried his gun or his badge while replacing his own father's shoes as the sheriff. David had one uncle who was a charismatic war hero and an admired doctor who had it all. David's mom was a clear sharp woman. The house keeper was Marie Little Soldier, a spontaneous, Native American girl whose involvement in the novel is the foremost focal point in the story.

"I carry a series of images more vivid and lasting than any others of my boyhood and indelible beyond all attempts the years make to erase or fade them...". The story is about an event that David had stumbled upon that will never be forgotten in his life, his family's lives, or the lives of the people in the small town. A short and sweet read that I have enjoyed. The book will keep you entertained with its series of surprises that keeping thrilling you throughout the book. I strongly recommend this novel and you will not be disappointed.
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