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American Boy: A Novel

by Larry Watson

Milkweed Editions | July 17, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Immersive, heartbreaking and richly evocative of time and place, this long-awaited new novel marks the return of a great American storyteller, now in paperback ''We were exposed to these phenomena in order that we might learn something, but of course the lessons we learn are not always what was intended.'' So begins Matthew Garth''s stor of the fall of 1962, when the shooting of a young woman on Thanksgiving Day sets off a chain of unsettling evens in Willow Falls, Minnesota. Matthew first sees Louisa Lindahl in Dr. Dunbar''s home office, and at the time her bullet wound makes nearly as strong an impression as her unclothed body. Fueled over the following weeks by his feverish desire for this mysterious woman and a deep longing for the comfort and affluence that appears to surround the Dunbars,Matthew finds himself drawn into a vortex of greet, manipulation, and ultimately betrayal.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 264 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.69 in

Published: July 17, 2012

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1571310959

ISBN - 13: 9781571310958

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American Boy: A Novel

by Larry Watson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 264 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.69 in

Published: July 17, 2012

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1571310959

ISBN - 13: 9781571310958

About the Book

In the fall of 1962, the shooting of a young woman on Thanksgiving Day sets off a chain of unsettling events in Willow Falls, Minnesota, and makes one man pursue her at all costs.

From the Publisher

Immersive, heartbreaking and richly evocative of time and place, this long-awaited new novel marks the return of a great American storyteller, now in paperback ''We were exposed to these phenomena in order that we might learn something, but of course the lessons we learn are not always what was intended.'' So begins Matthew Garth''s stor of the fall of 1962, when the shooting of a young woman on Thanksgiving Day sets off a chain of unsettling evens in Willow Falls, Minnesota. Matthew first sees Louisa Lindahl in Dr. Dunbar''s home office, and at the time her bullet wound makes nearly as strong an impression as her unclothed body. Fueled over the following weeks by his feverish desire for this mysterious woman and a deep longing for the comfort and affluence that appears to surround the Dunbars,Matthew finds himself drawn into a vortex of greet, manipulation, and ultimately betrayal.

About the Author

Larry Watson is the author of seven widely-acclaimed novels, including the best-selling ''Montana 1948'', which was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, a Best Book citation by the American Library Association, short-listed for IMPAC Dublin International Award, and published in ten foreign editions. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his family.

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Esquire Top 9 Books of the Year Midwest Booksellers Choice Award Finalist Booklist Editor''s Choice 2011 Best Book Publishers Weekly 20 Top Indie Sleeper Hits WBEZ Chicago Top 10 Books of 2011 ?? powerful and exquisitely crafted? Watson?s portraits of small town life and the people who live it?mostly during the 1940s and 1950s?are compassionate and true.? ?Steve Mills, Chicago Tribune?s Printers Row ?There are a handful of writers I push on everyone I meet, and Larry Watson is one of them. For the past twenty years has quietly penned some of the wisest, most powerful novels in my library, and I am thrilled to make room on the shelf for his latest, a gripping, poignant coming-of-age story that opens with a gunshot that will ultimately bury its bullet in your heart. American Boy is an American classic.? ?Benjamin Percy, author of The Wilding and Refresh, Refresh ?Larry Watson?s latest book, American Boy, may be his best yet. With the patient skill of a seasoned writer, Watson tells an engaging coming-of-age story of a young man in Willow Falls, Minnesota during the 1960s. Youthful passions, heartbreaks, loyalties and moral uncertainties are all rendered in vivid color.? ?David Rhodes, author of Driftless ?[Watson will] harvest a bumper crop of readers this autumn.? ? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ?[Watson] spins charm and melancholy around the same fingers, the result a soft but urgent rendering of a young man coming of age in rural America that is recognizable to even those of us
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