Read this book as part of the new book club, would not ordinarily have picked it as do not read much fiction. It did grab me with the interests of the varied protagonists, the feel of claustrophobia of a small town, the limited options for both men and women during that time period, and especially the moral decision that the sheriff had to make between doing the right thing and tearing up his family. The effect WW2 had on the culture was interesting too, how unfairly a man was treated if he didn't fight even if he was too disabled to fight.
The rights of First American women are still being denied in the justice system, it would have been nice to have been able to say "Well things are so much better for them now".
The story will not let you go as you read it. The first book that I read from the school library.
On of the best books I have read this year. Characterization wonderful. Gripping plot.
Reminded me of the literary style of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Watson's central narrator is, supposedly, a teacher (age 52ish) who is looking back at life in Montana in 1948 when he was age 12. I loved the book: could not set it down! Well written story!
Worthy of the acclaim and national book awards it has received. Couldn't put it down!
When we first meet David Hayden he is a grown man, but the person we come to know is a much younger David. Looking for truth and considering the world to be black and white, young David is shocked at finding the skeletons of abuse and racism that are a part of his family. His father, the local sheriff, must make some hard decisions regarding family loyalty and justice. In the end, the harsh light of reality reveals a secret strength that David never knew he or his family had. This award winning novel tells a story in a manner that matches the landscape of Montana; full of small gullies and everything is not as exposed as you might think.
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