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In a Dark Time
A powerful voice in contemporary American fiction, Larry Watson is the award-winning author of Montana 1948, hailed as "a work of art" (San Francisco Chronicle), and White Crosses, praised as "one of the most irresistible novels of the year" (The Globe and Mail). In this, his debut novel, Watson explores the themes that established him as a master protrayer of small-town A ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Washington Square Press
(first published 1980)
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Peter is a teacher at Wanekia High school. Three girls over a period of weeks are murdered in the school. Peter keeps a journal of how he feels during this time. The fear, the suspicions, the relationships that grow stonger during this time including a romance with a woman (Alexandra) he thought he had no chance with prior to the murders. A very interesting look. Rather that focusing on the murders this novel focuses on the people affected and dealing with life after the murders and before the k ...more
I don't think I would have given Watson a second chance if this had been the first book I read by him. However I have read other works penned by this author and I have a such a high respect for his writing and characterization that I will overlook the traits of the main character he explored in his debut novel. Peter is not a likeable person on a level of high integrity so to have to read his personal analysis of things is a bit disturbing.
3 girls are murdered in a high school in a small mid-western town. The book is a description of what the murders do to the town as told by a young English teacher's journal of the days following the killings. The teacher also analyzes himself as he writes about the town. Different kind of mystery.
This was such an engaging novel. It really held my interest and the writing was excellent, which is not a surprise considering the author. The end came rather quick and I wanted a bit more at the end and what happened after, but it was still an excellent book.
I liked this book a lot. Living in a altered world after violence has occurred made for a compelling read. Found myself being more sensitive to current world events and the violence associated with most of them. Some of us coping with it better than others, I think.
Larry Watson was born in 1947 in Rugby, North Dakota. He grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and was educated in its public schools. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Susan Gibbons, in 1967. He received his BA and MA from the University of North Dakota, his Ph.D. from the creative writing program at the University of Utah, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Ripon College. Watson ...moreMore about Larry Watson