The Montana Book Award is an annual award that recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book published during the award year.  Eligible titles are either set in Montana, deal with Montana themes/issues, or are written, edited or illustrated by a Montana author or artist.  Books for all ages are considered for the award.


 let him go


by Larry Watson

In Let Him Go, Larry Watson is at his storytelling finest. It's September 1951, years since George and Margaret Blackledge lost their son James when he was thrown from a horse; months since his widow Lorna took off with their only grandson and married Donnie Weboy. Margaret is steadfast, resolved to find and retrieve her grandson Jimmy -- the one person in this world keeping James's memory alive -- while George, a retired sheriff, is none too eager to stir up trouble.  Unable to sway his wife from her mission, George takes to the road with Margaret by his side, traveling through the Dakota badlands to Gladstone, Montana.

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