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Montana 1948 is set in a small town on the very northeastern edge of the state of Montana. The events described are experienced through the eyes of David Hayden, a twelve-year-old boy. In a prologue, he describes several images he remembers vividly from forty years ago. Years later, after both of his parents are dead, David decides to tell the whole story of the tragedy he witnessed as a boy.
Author: Larry Watson
Published: Washington Square Press (April 1, 1995)
My Review: At the end of this novel there is a short afterword written by David Huddle, a National Fiction Prize Judge, that succinctly expresses all of the complex sentiment that I may have included in a personal review. For this piece, then, it seems appropriate to let Huddle do the talking:
“Part family memoir, part psychological drama, part historical adventure tale, part elegy to a place and a lost way of life, Montana 1948 is a story that I expect I’ll go on trying to tell family members, friends, students, and acquaintances. I can neither purge from my mind the truth it delivers nor ignore the deliverance its truth brings to my mind.”