John Larison is up from his Willamette Valley home, here to help launch his wonderful novel, Whiskey When We’re Dry (Viking), into the world. This is a splendid casting of what the western US was like in the late nineteenth century, especially as lived through by the young woman at the heart of this beguiling tale.
“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.
“A thunderclap of originality, here is a fresh voice and fresh take on one of the oldest stories we tell about ourselves as Americans and Westerners. It’s riveting in all the right ways—a damn good read that stayed with me long after closing the covers.” —Timothy Egan.