Whiskey When We're Dry

Written by:
John Larison
Narrated by:
Sophie Amoss

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2018
15 hours 25 minutes
Named a Best Book by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads, Southern Living, Outside Magazine, Oprah.com, HelloGiggles, Parade, Fodor’s Travel, Sioux City Journal, Read it Forward, Medium.com, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
'A thunderclap of originality, here is a fresh voice and fresh take on one of the oldest stories we tell about ourselves as Americans and Westerners. It's riveting in all the right ways -- a damn good read that stayed with me long after closing the covers.' - Timothy Egan, New York Times bestselling author of The Worst Hard Time 

From a blazing new voice in fiction, a gritty and lyrical American epic about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy and heads west

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 neighbors, she cuts off her hair, binds her chest, saddles her beloved mare, and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw 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 about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.

Told in Jess's wholly original and unforgettable voice, Whiskey When We're Dry is a stunning achievement, an epic as expansive as America itself--and a reckoning with the myths that are entwined with our history.
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Cyn K.

I LOVED this book and hated to see it end. I don't normally read westerns, but the characters in this book grabbed me early on and held me throughout. It's a sweeping narrative, full of drama and uncertainty, hope and despair with a little bit reserved for a surprise at the end that I never saw coming. Normally, I'm not a fan of surprise endings as I hate feeling duped, but this was not that kind of ending. The final moment makes all of the previous moments gel in a new way. I highly recommend though be forewarned there are some scenes that are pretty brutal but very characteristic, I think, of the late 1800s frontier.

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