Let Him Go by Larry Watson
A Novel

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There is redemption in these pages, too, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that deals so convincingly with the staying power of memory, or of the power of familial love.
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A retired sheriff and his wife go after their young grandson in a riveting tale of familial love and its unexpected consequences. Let Him Go, Larry Watson’s ninth book, returns to big sky country in mid-century America but, with the pervasive menace of a small town family gone wrong and a shocking and deadly ending, this novel charts new territory for the author and provides a powerful dose of suspense for the reader. It's been years since George and Margaret Blackledge lost their son James and months since his widow Lorna took off with their only grandson and married Donnie Weboy. Margaret is resolved to find and retrieve the boy — while George is none too eager to stir up trouble. Soon, the Blackledges find themselves entangled with the entire Weboy clan, who are determined not to give up the boy without a fight.
 

About Larry Watson

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Larry Watson is the author of Montana 1948, American Boy, Justice, White Crosses, and several other novels. He is the recipient of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, the Friends of American Writers award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and many other prizes and awards. He teaches writing and literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he lives with this wife, Susan.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Milkweed Editions. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 02 2013

A consummate chronicler of the American West, Watson (American Boy) sets his slyly suspenseful, highly engaging new novel in the early 1950s in rural Dalton, N.Dak., where George Blackledge, a retired sheriff, returns home to find his wife Margaret packing to leave—with or without him.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Peter Geye on Sep 01 2013

There is redemption in these pages, too, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that deals so convincingly with the staying power of memory, or of the power of familial love.

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