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Book Review || Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

What an unexpected pleasure it was reading Larry Watson's Montana 1948. Beyond the intriguing blurb on the inside cover, this novel is not only a homage to the beauty of the 'wild west' and open spaces, but an exposition on the loss of innocence and the burdens we take on for our families.

Somewhat disguised as an American Western novel, the prose is filled with intuition and depth, and the world Watson has created is fraught with tensions: racial, sexual, pubertal, communal, and familial. My favourite aspect of the novel is its setting in only a few short weeks of events and this magnification on a single happening that changed the lives of everyone involved only serves to enhance the magnitude of what happened and how people changed (or didn't).

Told from 12-year-old David's eyes, he is the prime witness to unofficial events that reveal the dark parts of human nature. (I say unofficial because back then, there was much that went unpunished) . His eyewitness acco…

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