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 l In the spring of 1885, seventeen-year-old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's homestead. Des...

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Title:Whiskey When We're Dry
Author:John Larison
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0735220441
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Whiskey When We're Dry Reviews

  • Liz
    May 14, 2018
    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 because, while there was quite a bit of focus on gender throughout the book, it was alw...
  • Courtney Judy
    Feb 15, 2018
    I really really enjoyed this book, and I'm having a hard time pin pointing exactly why still. I think I still need to simmer on the whole book before I can put my review into words. The writing style could sometimes give me reason to pause, forcing me to re-read a sentence or two t...
  • Kristin
    Sep 17, 2018
    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 the rest of us jokers being allowed to read it. I?ve set my copy aside for my dau...
  • amanda eve
    Jul 31, 2018
    This book took me longer than I'd like to finish, in large part because the book moves rather slowly through the middle. This isn't to say that it's poorly paced: rather, Larison takes his time, quietly ratcheting tension and upping the stakes while managing to create a deeply evocativ...
  • Jillian Doherty
    Nov 03, 2017
    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 open America of the Wild West is perfectly illustrated, while the characters and their...
  • Diane S ☔
    Aug 24, 2018
    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 narrates her own story. Jess, is a young girl when a concurrence of unfortunate event...
  • Angela M
    Sep 08, 2018
    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. The historical significance of the time is wonderfully depicted here and in its...
  • Alex
    Sep 06, 2018
    The Old West holds an allure to the modern mind. Between both versions of Westworld, Back to the Future Part III, City Slickers and The Legend of Curly?s Gold alike, as a society we can?t help going back there. Whiskey When We?re Dry, John Larison?s debut novel, is a return to ...
  • Shannon A
    Feb 13, 2018
    Left to tend to her father and family ranch, Jess takes on a dangerous journey in attempt to bring her brother home. On the trail, Jess discovers not only her true calling, but that home is where you are. A sweeping and breath-taking tale of the untamed west comes to life as Jess rec...
  • Lori Redman
    Aug 30, 2018
    I'm sure I don't get all the details right in this summary, but here goes... Jessilyn is growing up in the early-mid 1800's in the West with her Pa and her brother Noah on their cattle ranch. When Noah leaves town, Jessilyn is left to care for their Pa, and eventually, she's left to...
  • Judy
    Mar 25, 2018
    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 fight with their father, and her father died soon after. She was alone on the family ho...
  • Marilyn
    Sep 18, 2018
    This book! I just read the last page and know I can not find adequate words for my review. John Larison is a new and exciting voice in the fiction world. Having spent eight years on this novel, it shows in his beautiful prose and character development. It is surely set to become the ne...
  • Laura Phelps
    Aug 20, 2018
    One of my faves of 2018. ...
  • Katie McCluskey
    Oct 01, 2018
    It?s 1885 in rural America. Jessilynn Harney is orphaned at a young age, and is alone when her brother Noah runs away from home at age 16. Jessilynn hasn?t seen him in five and a half years, until she goes to town looking for a husband and the Sheriff tells her there?s a warrant ...
  • KC
    Sep 02, 2018
    3.5 stars. In the spring of 1885, Jessilyn finds herself an orphan after the death of her father. With her current homestead in ruins she soon realizes she has no viable option to work the land alone. She sets out imposing as a man in hopes in finding her estranged brother. The author ...
  • Carmen
    Oct 07, 2018
    *Slams fist on table* God damn, that was a good book. 4.5 stars round up. Exquisitely written. Far from a happy story, but so worth the read. I'll take this over Blood Meridian any day. Decent female characters are disgustingly rare in westerns--protagonists are even rarer--so Jess ...
  • Lucia
    Aug 15, 2018
    Whiskey When We're Dry presented very strong and believable historical female heroine. I was worried to read about "another girl pretenting to be a boy" character in literature but author gave her her own voice that made her stood out. Moreover, writing style had strong historical v...
  • Virginia
    Jan 22, 2018
    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 outlaw brother. On her journey, she discovers what extents she's willing to go in o...
  • Brian Wraight
    Aug 14, 2018
    I suspect Whiskey When We?re Dry is the first truly feminist Western ever written. But even if there are others that have come before it (Enemy Women? True Grit?), there?s no way in hell any of them can touch it. It?s bighearted and heartbreaking, tender and brutal, tragic an...
  • Finley
    Oct 13, 2018
    I received a free copy of this novel from Viking Publishing through a free giveaway hosted on GoodReads. Whiskey When We?re Dry is a moving historical fiction perfect for any fan of the Old West and the outlaws it bred. It is told through the eyes and voice of Jess Harney, a young...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Aug 30, 2018
    What a terrific read this is! Jessilyn aka Jesse aka Jess is left to fend for herself entirely too young in the post Civil War period. Her mother is dead, her brother Noah runs off, and her father devolves into a drug addict and then dies. She manages their ranch as best she can until ...
  • Marcia
    Aug 13, 2018
    It took me a bit to get into the rhythm but once I did I couldn?t stop reading. An amazing story, a super heroine with guts and brains and survival instincts whose observations lend a fascinating perspective on U.S. history. Can?t wait to see the movie. I plan to read it again when...
  • Portia
    Feb 13, 2018
    I am doing the Book Riot 2018 Read Harder Challenge this year and one of the requirements was to read a western. I am not a big western reader (I am incredibly squeamish and don't handle blood and violence very well) so I was daunted by this one. That was, until our Penguin rep, Br...
  • Linda Quinn
    Aug 15, 2018
    Whiskey When We're Dry is one of those rare books that you can't put down but don't want to finish. Beautifully written, this story looks at a time of Western expansion when there was very little for the "common man" and so many of them turned to crime. It's a family drama, a western a...
  • Patricia Uttaro
    Jul 06, 2018
    Just finished this gorgeous, heartbreaking book and am still trying to process it. All I can say is get your hands on a copy when it?s published in August. Reminiscent of the best coming of age westerns, this one blows them all away. It?s News of the World meets The Sisters Brother...
  • Douglas Fugate
    Apr 23, 2018
    At first glance, this is a story of Jess, the lone young lady seeking a reunion with her brother Noah, who is now a wanted man/notorious outlaw. The first half of the story reminded me of Mattie Ross in True Grit; here is a young lady moving with determination towards a well-defined go...
  • Kate
    Jun 26, 2018
    I would like to give this book 3.5 stars because it kept my interest and had a lot going for it, but it felt like a somewhat juvenile YA title. The fact that I had that thought while reading took away from losing myself in the story. Jess is a strong, complex, and imperfect characte...
  • Brandon Gutermuth
    Aug 19, 2018
    Fantastic! I don?t usually like Westerns, but this had me absolutely riveted. I don?t think it?s much of a stretch to call this a modern classic. ...
  • Richard Gray
    Aug 30, 2018
    With WHISKEY WHEN WE?RE DRY, John Larison creates one of the strongest female heroes since Charles Portis, infuses her with the same sense of inevitability of Cormac McCarthy?s Blood Meridian, but also maintains the grandeur of Larry McMurtry?s vision of the old west. So we might...
  • Lydia
    Feb 12, 2018
    WOW. Jess is a heroine for the ages. This book is incredible - if you like historical fiction, stories of settling the West, and powerful coming-of-age tales, you won't be able to put this down. Family, friendship, loyalty, perseverance - a fantastic read. ...