Let Him Go

Let Him Go

A Novel

Book - 2013
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The celebrated author of Montana 1948 returns to the American West in this riveting tale of familial love and its unexpected consequencesThe celebrated author of Montana 1948 returns to the American West in this riveting tale of familial love and its unexpected consequences. Dalton, North Dakota. It's September 1951: years since George and Margaret Blackledge lost their son James when he was thrown from a horse; months since his widow Lorna took off with their only grandson and married Donnie Weboy. Margaret is steadfast, resolved to find and retrieve her grandson Jimmy - the one person in this world keeping James's memory alive - while George, a retired sheriff, is none too eager to stir up trouble. Unable to sway his wife from her mission, George takes to the road with Margaret by his side, traveling through the Dakota badlands to Gladstone, Montana. When Margaret tries to convince Lorna to return home to North Dakota and bring little Jimmy with her, the Blackledges findthemselves entangled with the entire Weboy clan, who are determined not to give up the boy without a fight. From the author who brought us Montana 1948, Let Him Go is pitch-perfect, gutsy, and unwavering. Larry Watson is at his storytelling finest in this unforgettable return to the American West.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, 2013, ♭2013
ISBN: 9781571311023
Branch Call Number: WATS
Characteristics: 269 pages

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nancyau12
Mar 24, 2019

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lrs1107
Nov 01, 2017

LET HIM GO is a Larry Watson novel through-and-through. Upper Great Plains locations - Hardworking humble taciturn protagonists - Family-centered conflict - Tragedy - Wry Midwest humor - Generational legacies and conflicts - Self-confident to the point of smugness in the protagonist's adversaries - Hard choices = Hard outcomes. If you've read and liked other Larry Watson works, you'll probably find that LET HIM GO fills that niche as well.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
In 1951 North Dakota, years after losing her son in a horse riding accident, Margaret Blackledge seeks to retrieve her grandson from the daughter-in-law who ran off with another man but finds her efforts challenged by her reluctant husband and the boy's step-family.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
In 1951 North Dakota, years after losing her son in a horse riding accident, Margaret Blackledge seeks to retrieve her grandson from the daughter-in-law who ran off with another man but finds her efforts challenged by her reluctant husband and the boy's step-family.

ChristchurchLib Oct 21, 2013

"Years after losing their son in a horseback riding accident, George and Margaret Blackledge have still not come to terms with his death. Their daughter-in-law has remarried and cut off all contact with the Blackledges, taking their grandson to Montana. Though Margaret wants to rescue the boy, her efforts are challenged by her reluctant husband and the boy's troublemaking stepfamily. Set in 1951 North Dakota, Let Him Go is a character-driven, heart-wrenching tale of a woman whose decision to save her family brings violence into their lives." Fiction A to Z October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=691547

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