“An intense, vivid portrait of braided lives.” —KIRKUS
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In the bestselling novel Montana 1948, Larry Watson presented a prize-winning evocation of a time, a place, and a family. Now Watson returns to the vast Montana landscape with a stunning prequel that illuminates a family “universal in their flaws and virtues” (Washington Post).

In Montana, the Hayden name is law. It carries an aura of privilege and power that doesn’t stop at the state border. Here, Watson invites us to get to know this family intimately: from patriarch Julian Hayden as he carves a new life out of the Montana wilderness, to Gail Hayden, Sheriff Wesley Hayden’s spirited wife and moral compass—and to the Hayden boys, Wesley and Frank, as they take an ill-fated hunting trip and learn the implications of the Hayden name, even outside the jurisdiction and on the wrong side of the law.

With the precision of a master storyteller, Watson moves seamlessly among the strong and hard-bitten characters that make up the Hayden family, and in the process opens an evocative window on the very heart of the American West.

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Larry Watson

Larry Watson is the author of numerous novels, including Montana 1948American Boy, As Good As Gone, and Let Him Go, which was adapted into a film by Focus Features and released in 2020. Born in Rugby, North Dakota, he grew up in Bismarck and is now Visiting Professor at Marquette University. He lives in Milwaukee.

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