I missed the last couple of Dylan’s Book Of The Week Wednesday features, it’s good to be back. This week’s featured author is John Larison who you may know from his last novel Holding Lies or his tactical steelhead guide, The Complete Steelheader.
What is it about fishing-guide writers and great coming-of-age novels? While Callan Wink’s August is a tale of the modern West, Larison (a renowned Oregon steelhead guide) takes us to the West of 1885, in the aftermath of the Civil War. With luminous, almost biblical prose, Larison tells the epic story of a teenage girl gunfighter, forced by circumstance to pass a man, and creates a character and a story for the ages. The elevator pitch? Cormac McCarthy rewrites True Grit. In this book, dazzling literary style meets high adventure for a story I love for the sheer beauty of the words and sentences, and because the action is too riveting to stop reading. Check out the first page and I bet you won’t be able to put it down.