As Good as Gone

As Good as Gone

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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The American West is bestselling author Larry Watson's forte, and in this, his tenth novel, he has created his most vivid, genuine antihero yet in Calvin Sidey, a man stuck in a myth. Calvin Sidey, steely, hardened, with his own personal code, is one of the last cowboys. It's the 1960s, and he's living off the grid in a trailer on the prairie when his adult son, Bill, seeks his help. A mostly absentee father and grandfather, Calvin nevertheless agrees to stay with his grandchildren for a week. He decamps for his son's house in 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 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. At the same time, his old-school ways exert a powerful effect on those around him, from the widowed neighbor, Beverly Lodge, who feels herself falling for him and wants to be part of his life, to his grandchildren. Ann and Will see in their grandfather a man who brings a sudden, if shocking, order to their lives, as Calvin terrorizes those who have often terrorized them. With the crisp, restrained prose for which Larry Watson is revered, As Good as Gone is a story of a man increasingly at odds with the world. This is Larry Watson at his best.Praise for Larry Watson: "With rugged prose as biting as a northern plains wind . . . Watson writes of people universal in their flaws and virtues, a community that cannot be defined or limited to one region or genre." -The Washington Post Book World
Publisher: New York : Algonquin Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781616206000
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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John Jamison
Apr 23, 2018

Ok story I suppose. I find I like a little less reality in my reading.

Dec 11, 2017

As Good As Gone by Larry Watson is another one of his rich stories about family, trust and reliability told in his resolute yet touching style that produces a powerful and heart felt story. Watson returns to his familiar territory of small town, Montana and sets his tale in the early 1960’s. The story is both suspenseful and dramatic and altogether a very good read.

Oct 10, 2016

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

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.

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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