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American Boy

by Larry Watson

Milkweed Editions | September 13, 2011 | Hardcover |

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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 ''We were exposed to these phenomena in order that we might learn something, but of course the lessons we learn are not always those we are taught . . .'' So begins Matthew Garth''s story of the fall of 1962, when the shooting of a young woman on Thanksgiving Day sets off a chain of unsettling events 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 longing for this mysterious woman-as well as by a deep desire for the comfort and affluence that appears to surround the Dunbars-Matthew finds himself drawn into a series of confrontations he never expected, the results of which will change his life irrevocably and give lie to his version of the American dream. Immersive, heartbreaking, and richly evocative of time and place, this long-awaited new novel marks the return of a great American storyteller.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1571310789

ISBN - 13: 9781571310781

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American Boy

by Larry Watson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1571310789

ISBN - 13: 9781571310781

About the Book

"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 story of the fall of 1962, when the shooting of a young woman on Thanksgiving Day sets off a chain of unsettling events in small-town 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 greed, manipulation, and ultimately betrayal.
Immersive, heart-breaking, and richly evocative of a time and place, this long-awaited novel marks the return of a great American storyteller.

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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 ''We were exposed to these phenomena in order that we might learn something, but of course the lessons we learn are not always those we are taught . . .'' So begins Matthew Garth''s story of the fall of 1962, when the shooting of a young woman on Thanksgiving Day sets off a chain of unsettling events 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 longing for this mysterious woman-as well as by a deep desire for the comfort and affluence that appears to surround the Dunbars-Matthew finds himself drawn into a series of confrontations he never expected, the results of which will change his life irrevocably and give lie to his version of the American dream. Immersive, heartbreaking, and richly evocative of time and place, this long-awaited new novel marks the return of a great American storyteller.

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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