As Good as Gone

As Good as Gone

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"Calvin Sidey is a cowboy of the old-school, no-guff sort--steely, hardened, with his own personal code. It's the 1960s, and he's living off the grid in a stifling trailer on the prairie when his adult son, Bill, seeks his help. A mostly absentee father, and a virtual no-show as a grandfather, Calvin nevertheless reluctantly agrees to stay with his grandchildren for a week. He decamps for his son's dark and musty basement, to the small town where he once was a mythic figure, and soon enough problems arise: a boy's attentions to seventeen-year-old Ann are increasingly aggressive, and a group of reckless kids portend danger for eleven-year-old Will. Calvin only knows one way to solve a problem: the Old West way, in which scores are settled, ultimatums are issued, and your gun is always loaded. In the changing culture of the 1960s, Calvin isn't just a relic, he's a wild card and a threat. With the crisp, restrained prose for which Larry Watson is revered, As Good As Gone is moving without being sentimental, a powerful story of a man increasingly at odds with the world. This is Larry Watson at his best."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616205713
Branch Call Number: F WAT
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 24 cm

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Earlgrey454
Oct 10, 2016

Excellent storytelling and characters. I always regretted putting the book down for the day.

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pamcilvenna
Sep 18, 2016

Characters that are true, a strong sense of place, and a tightly crafted story told with a wry but eloquent voice. A pleasure to read and savor.

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EmilyEm
Jul 03, 2016

Small town Gladstone, Montana, is Watson’s setting for his family story when son Bill asks his taciturn father Calvin to care for his children Ann and Will when Bill and his wife must travel to Missoula. Of course, unexpected things happen.

Part old West saga, part coming-of-age story, I’m always impressed by Watson’s storytelling. The boy Will and the neighbor Beverly Lodge were my favorites, the mother Marjorie not so much. Highly recommended.

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