Whiskey When We're Dry

Whiskey When We're Dry

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.

Title:Whiskey When We're Dry
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780735220447
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  • Diane S ?

    Gunfights, revenge, desperation and whiskey of course. Whiskey has much to answer for, in this Western set in the Midwest in 1885. It also gives us a very engaging character, one who in a strong voice...

  • Angela M

    Definition of Wild West from the Merrim-Webster Dictionary : the western U.S. in its frontier period characterized by roughness and lawlessness.This perfectly describes the atmosphere of this story. T...

  • Elyse Walters

    “Shooting ain’t no life for females”.“Yessir”.“I practiced even though I knew I was to be a ranch wife in this valley and wouldn’t never have cause to know such skills”. The year was 1...

  • Judy

    John Larison has spun a tale of the Wild West that will keep the pages turning - and I don't usually enjoy westerns. This story is told from Jessilyn's point of view. Jessilyn's brother left after a f...

  • Liz

    I confess that I'm always wary of female protagonists being written by male authors (and vice versa,) but I found the characterization of Jess absolutely believable. I think a reason this is true is b...

  • Tammy

    4 ☆ A western setting in 1885 post Civil War this novel tells the story of Jessilyn who’s DEFINITELY one unforgettable female protagonist - I just loved her spunk and craziness!!Whiskey is a creat...

  • Virginia

    A brilliant adventure story that redefines home and family. Set in the untamed West, the reader follows Jess, a girl who cleverly disguises herself as a man to travel dangerous territory to find her o...

  • Jillian Doherty

    Loooved this book- more so I loved Jess; she was the most realistic female protagonist I’ve ever seen of the time ~ who you want to see portrayed in a Quintin Tarantino film right now. The gritty op...

  • Kristin

    HOLEEE LORD. there is not a literary award qualified for this novel and I will not diminish it by adding my commentary on it. I'm humbled by the idea that someone who can write like this is okay with ...

  • Colleen

    Jessilyn’s mother died while giving birth to her, so she has been raised on an isolated homestead with only her small-time cattle rancher father and her older brother, Noah. After Noah takes off one...