As Good as Gone


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$16.95  $15.76
Algonquin Books
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5.5 X 8.2 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Larry Watson grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and received his BA and MA from the University of North Dakota and his PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board. He is the author of ten novels, including Let Him Go, Montana 1948, and American Boy.Watson's fiction has been published in many foreign editions and has received multiple prizes and awards. He has published short stories and poems in a range of journals. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Watson teaches at Marquette University and lives with his wife in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


"[A] remarkable novel. It is like watching the sunrises over the prairies of Montana about which Watson writes so eloquently. But as with the reward of the lavender- and golden-hued sky to come, the ultimate effect of this novel is well worth the time spent watching." --New York Journal of Books

"A satisfying drama . . . It's typical of this thoughtful novelist that the ending of As Good as Gone is nuanced rather than explosive, and its traces of heroism are found not in violence but in a show of restraint." --The Wall Street Journal

"Watson evokes Big Sky Country as well as Montana writing legends like Ivan Doig, Jim Harrison and Norman Maclean. And like those authors, Watson is a naturally gifted storyteller, plainspoken and unpretentious. Watson is excellent at building suspense, and As Good as Gone is frequently exciting in a cinematic sense. (Just try not picturing Sam Elliott as Calvin Sidey.)"

"In the virile, enigmatic character of Calvin, Watson both indulges in and reworks the romantic myth of the American cowboy in ways reminiscent of Edward Abbey's The Brave Cowboy or Larry McMurtry's Horseman, Pass By . . . A master of spare, economical storytelling, Watson sweeps us up in a captivating family drama." --The Seattle Times

"[Watson] writes evocatively and with great persuasion. This book is vintage Watson: laconic, dramatic, and tough as a dry Montana stream bed." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"[A] stunning novel . . . Having received numerous awards for his fiction, Watson (Montana 1948) is sure to win more praise for his powerful characterizations in the manner of Kent Haruf and Ivan Doig. Readers won't get a novel any better than this." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Fine writing in the grand western tradition of William Kittredge and Mark Spragg." --Booklist (starred review)

"An excellent family drama . . . This is a very well done novel in which every character faces an individual conflict, resulting in a rich, suspenseful read." --Publishers Weekly

"Deserves a Clint Eastwood performance. Watson's powerful characterizations frame large and connected themes: family loyalty, the conflicting capacities of love, and the tenuous connections between humans." --Kirkus Reviews