The Lives of Edie Pritchard

Larry Watson (Author)
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Description

A Most-Anticipated Book of the Summer According to The Millions * Library Journal * Parade

"Characters so real they could walk off the page, virtuoso writing and up-all-night drama."-- People

From acclaimed novelist Larry Watson, a multigenerational story of the West told through the history of one woman trying to navigate life on her own terms.

Edie--smart, self-assured, beautiful--always worked hard. She worked as a teller at a bank, she worked to save her first marriage, and later, she worked to raise her daughter even as her second marriage came apart. Really, Edie just wanted a good life, but everywhere she turned, her looks defined her. Two brothers fought over her. Her second husband became unreasonably possessive and jealous. Her daughter resented her. And now, as a grandmother, Edie finds herself harassed by a younger man. It's been a lifetime of proving that she is allowed to exist in her own sphere. The Lives of Edie Pritchard tells the story of one woman just trying to be herself, even as multiple men attempt to categorize and own her.

Triumphant, engaging, and perceptive, Watson's novel examines a woman both aware of her physical power and constrained by it, and how perceptions of someone in a small town can shape her life through the decades.

Product Details

Price
$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
July 21, 2020
Pages
368
Dimensions
6.2 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781616209025

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About the Author

Larry Watson is the author of ten critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling Montana 1948. His fiction has been published internationally and has received numerous prizes and awards. His essays and book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other periodicals. He currently resides with his wife in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Reviews

"Set mostly in eastern Montana, Watson's vibrant character study reads like a trio of scintillating novellas, each set 20 years apart . . . Like in the best works of Richard Ford and Elizabeth Strout, Watson shows off a keen eye for regional details, a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, and an affinity for sharp characterization. This triptych is richly rewarding."
--Publishers Weekly

"Watson is insightful in his depiction of Edie and those who seek to control her, and his descriptions of small-town Montana life, where guns are frequently a menacing presence, reflect how the potential for violence is ever present beneath the surface of things. The novel crackles with tension, especially the second and third acts; Watson is a born storyteller, and it shows on every understated page. But Edie's story also rings with a hardscrabble poetry . . . A riveting and tense examination of identity, violence, and female anger."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review