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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions; 1 edition (May 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571310614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571310613
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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I really enjoyed reading this novel because it told a story of a family and how one problem changed the families' lives and how the town they lived in changed forever. The family was very important in the town because the father was the chief of police and was a well-respected man in the town. The mother worked for the town courthouse filing papers and organizing them. The sun David was the youngest and the one that tells it all.
David speaks about how he lives and talks about his adventures with his friends and his families. He talks about his uncle and how his father (Wes) and his uncle don't get along because of the fact that David's grandfather (Julian) favors frank instead of Wes because uncle frank was a war hero and Wes staid home to take care of his town.
David talks of the death of Marie little soldier and how it affected him in the inside as well as the way that he remembered her. He talks about his life after that incident with uncle frank and how it affected seeing his uncle after what had happened.
Some of my favorite scenes from the book were when frank, Julian, and Wes all go to a bar out of town and start getting drunk and try to pick fight with the people in the bar. Another one of my favorite scenes was when David goes to get his dad because there are some men outside his house with a couple of guns, and while David goes and gets his dad, David's mom gets a shotgun and holds the men back from getting any closer.
Another one of my favorite scenes was when wes arrested frank and instead of putting frank in a jail sail, wes put frank in his attic so that no one would find out what really happened.
in conclusion I thought that this book had a lot of exciting moments and a lot of details that would leave you thinking.
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I enjoyed reading Montana 1948, because it was an unusual type of novels we read at school. It also had an interesting plot. I also enjoy how the author used interesting phrases that kept my attention throughout the whole story.

I think that Montana 1948, did give me a positive experience, because I learn about molesters and about telling the truth. I also learn about the different kinds of traditions in each families.
Montana 1948, had very interesting characters throughout the whole story. The characters seem very believable because their attitudes were like normal people are now a days. The description of the also made it believable for example when he describe Marie, "Marie was neither small nor shy she loved to laugh and talk, and she was a great tease, specialize in outrageous lies about everything from strange animal behavior to bloody murders." The author was able to describe the characters in a understanding way. In my point of view I liked all the characters I had no favorites because all of them had something unique and interesting.
I believe that the author was able to hold my attention throughout the entire novel. He was able to do that because he used interesting phrases that caught my attention. Also the whole story was pretty interesting. What also hold my attention to the novel was the fact that it is a unusual type of novel that we read at school. The topics of the novel were very dramatic that they caught my attention right away.
In conclusion I would recommend this novel to my fellow students, because it was a very interesting and unusual novel. What I learned from this novel was that the most normal looking person can turn out to be something you would never think about them, for example a molester.
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I enjoyed reading this novel it was very intresting. Except for the parts when the doctor would do unkind things to Indian girls. Reading this book was a positive experience for me because if it weren't for my teacher I would have never picked this book up.
One of my favorite scene in this novel was when the sheriff through the doctor his brother in to the basement instead of the town prison the doctor commits suicide and the sheriffs family packed up and left town. One other scene I liked was when the little boy David seen his uncle comes out of the house, and the next day Marie died.
The author was able to hold my interest thought out the entire novel. He did this by adding weird scenes thought out the whole book. Especially the parts when the doctor would do weird things to the Indian girls.
I learned that that when you do the right thing there is always a price to pay. You will never live happily ever after. I would not recommend this book to my friends because I don't have friends.
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I enjoyed reading this novel because it was very interesting. Reading this book was a positive experience for me because if it wasn't for my teacher I would have never read this book and I would have missed out on a very good book.
The author was able to hold my interest throughout the whole book. He did this by always adding some scenes to the book making you want to know what was going to happen next. Especially the scene in the beginning when the mom figures out what Uncle Frank is doing to Marie.
To me the characters were interesting and believable because the way their attitudes are in the book are the same as those as a real person and that makes the book interesting and believe. My favorite character was David Hayden. He was my favorite character because he was the main character and also because of the ways he described things in this book. I think the author did a good job at creating all the characters in the book.
I learned that it's good to do the right thing no matter who it involves, that what I learned from this book. I gain more knowledge by reading this book because it shows you that in this world anything can happen. I would recommend this book to my friends because it is interesting and is a positive experience.
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