Synopses & Reviews
In Montana, the Hayden name is law. It carries an aura of privilege and power that doesn't stop at the Montana border. When the Hayden boys, Wesley and Frank, take an ill-fated hunting trip, they learn the implications of the Hayden name, even outside the jurisdiction and on the wrong side of the law. In a series of episodes dating from 1899, Watson invites us to get to know the Hayden family intimately. From the story of patriarch Julian Hayden as he carves a new life out of the Montana wilderness, to the struggles of Gail Hayden, Sheriff Wesley Hayden's spirited wife and moral compass, we learn the stories behind the story of Montana 1948.
About the Author
Born in Rugby, North Dakota and raised in Bismarck, Larry Watson received his B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of North Dakota and his Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Utah. Watson is the author of the novel In a Dark Time, a chapbook of poetry, Leaving Dakota, and the novel Montana 1948, which won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, The Mountains and Plains Bookseller Association Regional Book Award, and was named one of the Best Books of 1993 by both Library Journal and Booklist. He teaches English at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and makes his home in Stevens Point, where he is at work on a new novel entitled White Crosses, to be published by Pocket Books.