Whiskey When We're Dry


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$17.00  $15.81
Penguin Books
Publish Date
5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

John Larison spent much of his childhood in remote regions of Australia, the Caribbean, Canada, the South Pacific, Alaska, and the American West before graduating from high school in Ithaca, New York. He studied philosophy and literature at the University of Oregon, and became a renowned fly-fishing guide ahead of earning an MFA from Oregon State University, where he stayed to teach while writing Whiskey When We're Dry. He lives with his family in rural Oregon.


Praise for Whiskey When We're Dry

"Mulan meets Deadwood in a Wild West novel narrated by its straight-shooting heroine." -O Magazine

"A smooth yet bracing Western yarn that both celebrates and subverts the romance of the Old West through more complex contemporary perspectives on gender and race.... As in Charles Portis' classic "True Grit," much of the appeal of the telling hangs upon the distinct voice of its narrator, and Jesse's narration combines folksy vernacular with an easy loping gait." --Seattle Times

"A tale of the Old West with a fresh perspective."--New York Post

"Larison's neo-Western, about a young woman who heads West while disguised as a boy, is already generating plenty of buzz: film and TV rights have already been acquired by the team behind the Planet of the Apes reboot." --Entertainment Weekly

"Larison writes with unrelenting momentum and thoughtfully explores questions of gender identity, power, and violence." --Outside Magazine

"[A] sweeping saga... John Larison's new book plunges readers into the American West while simultaneously reimagining the mythic frontier. It examines issues of gender and race through the story of 17-year-old Jesse Harney and begins in the spring of 1885, when she dresses in men's clothes, mounts her horse, and sets out west in search of her big brother, an outlaw on the frontier."--Southern Living

"Larison has developed a pitch-perfect voice for his intrepid heroine."--Publishers Weekly

"Larison gifts Jess with a strong voice to narrate her own story.... his western epic has wide appeal" --Booklist

"Told in -Jessilyn's hard-hitting voice, [WHISKEY WHEN WE'RE DRY] has the resonance of a high lonesome ballad." --Library Journal

"Like Philipp Meyer's The Son or Robert Olmstead's Savage Country, Whiskey When We're Dry draws on Larison's own experiences with the "cowboy arts" to paint a vivid portrait of the American West as witnessed by an unforgettable character."--BookPage

"An evocative portrait of the old west with all its grittiness and all its openness." - The Roundtable

"An orphan girl straight out of a Gillian Welch song, betrayed in every way imaginable by the brutality that 'won the West, ' is left no way to hew a family or honor but to become a virtuoso cross-dressed killer of Manifest Destiny's men. As Jessilyn Harney takes on the great lies and liars with lyrical violence, her voice takes flight, becoming a sustained, forlornly beautiful, mind-bending aria for our age." --David James Duncan, author of The River Why

"Whiskey When We're Dry is the story of a surprising heroine. In her search for home and family, orphaned Jessilyn Harney rides out on a lonely quest, and invents herself anew. Narrated in a voice cobbled out of slang and sagebrush, Larison's novel is a vivid and fast-paced frontier saga." --Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life