The author of many novels, including Montana 1948 and
Orchard, Larry Watson is the recipient of the
Milkweed National Fiction Prize, among numerous other prizes and
awards. He teaches writing and literature at Marquette University
and lives in Milwaukee.
Praise for Larry Watson's Let Him Go
"If there were ever any question about Larry Watson's reputation as one of the finest writers working today, there shouldn't be anymore. Not after Let Him Go, Watson's ninth book of fiction, and his best . . . 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."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "A wonderful novel and a fine addition to Larry Watson's work . . . Let Him Go is at its heart a character study, not only of George and Margaret but also its other characters, all of whom are brought to life in prose that is both restrained and exquisite." --Chicago Tribune "Slyly suspenseful, highly engaging . . . Known for crisp images, resonant backdrops, and sharp characterizations drawn without flashy over-accessorizing, Larry Watson's latest traces the desperate lengths families will go to in order to protect their own." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A powerful story of two headstrong women, each with an unshakable resolve to hold on to what family means . . . Bold writing holds the writer's attention right up to the book's shattering conclusion. An outstanding work that is sure to expand Larry Watson's audience of devoted readers. Not to be missed." --Library Journal (starred review) "What emerges most forcefully [in Let Him Go] is the profound, if largely unspoken, love shared by a taciturn man and woman who dig deeply into long-dormant reservoirs of grit . . . Superb storytelling from a writer who continues to find a special kind of melancholy poetry in the unforgiving landscape of the mountain states." --Booklist (starred review) "Spartan prose for a Spartan tale of badlands justice set in North Dakota and eastern Montana in the fall of 1951. Larry Watson's writing is the principal pleasure here. The story is simple, ageless . . . The sort of book that puts the shine back on genre as an adjective to describe fiction." --Kirkus "In Let Him Go, Larry Watson evokes the deepest kind of suspense: that based upon the fact that humans are unpredictable and perhaps ultimately unknowable--even to their most intimate associates. This fierce, tense book is beautifully written, with spare and economical prose, out of which blooms a vivid and uncompromising portrait of the modern West. A brilliant achievement." --Alice LaPlante, author of Turn of Mind "Let Him Go is as commanding as its title: you will be immediately gripped by the narrow-eyed, big-hearted pursuit of a child in danger. This is a literary thriller of the highest order--on par with Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone--an unrelenting quest through an unforgiving landscape and deadly family web." --Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon