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Whiskey When We're Dry (Digital Audiobook)

By John Larison, Sophie Amoss (Narrator)

Publication Date: February 19, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/20/2018)
Paperback (7/2/2019)
Hardcover (8/21/2018)
Library Binding, Large Print (11/7/2018)

September 2018 Indie Next List

“A haunting and remarkable debut, John Larison’s Whiskey When We’re Dry stays true to the western genre while subverting many common themes of the American West, producing a wholly original narrative that will linger in your mind for days. I have never encountered a protagonist quite like Jess; she embodies the incredible strength and resolve required to survive in the West, but also the vulnerability necessary to retain humanity in the face of so much violence and brutality. Larison’s prose goes down as smooth as a glass of whiskey, and I didn’t want to stop reading until I’d finished every last drop.”
— Tori Odea, Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, DC
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Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List

“In Whiskey When We’re Dry, an intrepid heroine in the post-Civil War West disguises herself as a boy and rides with both a militia and an outlaw gang to find her brother. Comparisons to True Grit are apt, but John Larison has woven into his fast-paced plot contemporary themes of sexual identity, morality, and the difficulty young women face in navigating a male world. Reading his debut novel is a very entertaining but also memorable and deep experience.”
— Sheila Burns, Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, OR
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In the sweeping storytelling tradition of Larry McMurty's Lonesome Dove and Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, Whiskey When We're Dry transcends the straight-and-narrow Western to land among the classics.

In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's homestead. Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbours, she cuts her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains. Her goal? To find her gun-slinging fugitive brother Noah and bring him home. A talented sharpshooter herself, Jess's quest lands her in the employ of the territory's violent, capricious governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah - dead or alive. Wrestling with her brother's outlaw identity, and haunted by questions of her own, Jess must out-manoeuvre whose who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right. Told in Jess's wholly original and unforgettable voice, the story brims with page-turning Western action, but its approach is modern and nuanced, touching on powerful issues from gender and sexuality to family and identity.

“A powerful, impressive novel with a visceral sense of time and place.” TIMES
“True Grit meets Blood Meridian meets Mulan” STUART NEVILLE
“Whiskey When We're Dry transcends many of the genre's limitations” SUNDAY TIMES
“The book is clearly a child of True Grit... but Whiskey When We re Dry plays it straight and Larison makes the reader believe in the unlikely premise through the remarkable skill with which Jess narrative voice is realised” TELEGRAPH
“Larison imbues the romance and wide-open spaces of the classic western with modern gender and racial awareness, giving space to those left out of the classic Old West mythos, but the main draw is Jesse s narrative voice, all folksy eloquence peppered with grit and determination” HERALD SCOTLAND
“The punch and intensity of the writing and the voice of Jess are rather remarkable...” DAILY MAIL