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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 the Paperback edition.
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.
This book is more complex than it first appears.
Highly readable, it tells the story of 12yo David Hayden and his family's Sioux housekeeper, Marie Little Soldier. Read more
This book was awesome. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. The way Larry Watson dives into these great character studies without analyzing everything, but saying just... Read morePublished on June 4 2004
What kind of sick, twisted, evil teacher would make a student read this. This is the worst, most boring book I was ever forced to read. Read morePublished on April 25 2004
It seemed like larry watson didn't know what he was doing. He foreshadows every little event through the wind. Its filled with so many stupid meaningless symolisms and metophores. Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Gary
Watson weaves a tale about family, loyalty, and justice... and how a twelve year old boy remembers the summer of 1948. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by E. L. Weinhold
Montana 1948 was an excellent read. I really enjoyed this book. Larry Watson made the characters come to life in my mind. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by Angie Carico
Out of the many coming of age novels I've read, Montana 1948 is one of the best, and for those who hate reading a lot, it isn't very long. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004
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This was probably the longest most uninteresting book in the world with random pointless metaphors and rediculous motifs that I felt sick throughout the entire novel. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003