My favorite novels tend to be coming of age stories, so it was no surprise to me that I liked this book. Wesley trusted Len and was reliant on him if the family was ever in danger. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Susan Gibbons, in 1967. Because she was sexy, though my love for her was, as a twelve-year-old's love often is, chaste. Wes Hayden Wes is married to Gail, and is the Father of David. Because she was older but not too old. This little novel was a really excellent read.
I just want my house back. Montana 1948 is a very good example of what it was like to be part of the fringe of society. Indians, especially Indian women do not have individual. Life was simply too hard, and so much of your attention and energy went into keeping not only yourself but also your family, your crops, and your cattle alive, that nothing was left over for raising hell or making trouble. The next morning however, the family finds Frank dead in the basement, after he slit his own wrists with a shard of glass from a jar. I've driven through Montana a few times and always been amazed by the combination of beauty and emptiness.
It would be interesting to find out if Larry Watson has written another novel as good as this one. The white people in the town have all the power, such as the Hayden family, while the Native Americans are in inferior positions, such as that of housekeeper, which makes them vulnerable. But then something comes to light. Frank puts down his unfinished beer and makes an excuse to leave. The story of a boy who discovers that his family is not exactly what he thought they were rings so true to me.
Though he is the first-person narrator, he is only the witness to the novel's main events. Took me a while to learn that. She has David's devotion because of her constant good humor and the fact that she's less stringent than all the other adults in his life. He wants to be an adult and participate in real life. His father is the local sheriff granted his position from David's grandfather Julian - a patriarchal figure of supremacy and yet is an unfulfilled sheriff, a man who sits uneasily with his position and responsibilities. He has published short stories and poems in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, North American Review, Mississippi Review, and other journals and quarterlies. When Marie is found dead, Frank convinces the family it is due to pneumonia.
Julian always wanted Wes to be sheriff and keep power in the Hayden family; however he particularly favored franks athletic ability, charm and his label of being a war hero. It was a summer of lost innocence. What works so well about this short novel rather than a novella, at almost 200 pages , is the setting, the voices he instils in his characters, and the honesty and innocence of a 12 year old. It doesn't matter who you are or who your relations are; if you do wrong, you pay. Montana 1948 is a delightful yet unsettling gem, more a novella than a novel, that grapples with family relationships, the mistreatment of Native Americans, and sexual abuse, but is primarily an insightful coming-of-age story. Marie coughs violently and David rubs her back and feels that she is shaking all over. The impact of these experiences.
David notices that his mother seems angry. Montana is both a crime drama and an examination of the young protagonist's complex family relationships. And if that doesn't work he'll try beating some drums. When Wesley returns he asks Frank why Marie had been upset. You don't lock up a man for that. Each character has a different personality, and it made people curious about figuring out the truth. The offences carried out by Frank, destroys David family forever.
It seems more like a short story than a novel. He was very racist towards the Indians and in general was a very rude, sarcastic person. Dad's the town sheriff, there's one deputy, Len, who lives next door. Character, Choice, Family 1102 Words 3 Pages To what extent is David making a realistic judgment with this statement? It's also wise to the nature of love as lived from day to day, and how it so often can curdle into acceptance of what one cannot change. An experience they will remember their whole lives.
The point of view is the mental positioning from which a story is observed or narrated and in Montana, Watson has chosen to write in first person through the eyes of a 52 year old man telling the events which happened 40 years before. For my own shelving, the story belongs to a larger category of books narrated by children, describing the loss of innocence in beautiful, evocative prose, with nostalgic forays into an idyllic landscape from which they are exiled after taking a bite from the tree of knowledge — knowledge that the grown-ups are not benevolent and godlike, but weak and scared and sometimes cruel and deceitful. I read this novella in pretty much one sitting. He wears a shirt and tie and does not wear boots or a cowboy hat. This section contains 509 words approx. The Haydens is a powerful family of Mercer County, including members such as the local sheriff and a war hero. When Frank arrives David is struck by how handsome and charismatic he is.
These ski resorts have grown to be some of the better places to ski in. He faced to many events that happened to him and his family. It is this stability and respect though, in which the much loved and admired Frank is held by both the townspeople and David, that make the events which occur so shocking, particularly for David. Almost immediately Marie begins screaming for Gail. My favorite parts were the visual descriptions of a small Montana town sixty years ago. He flees the town and its laws and regulations as often as possible, and Gail worries this is stunting his personal and social growth.