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The Lives of Edie Pritchard

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From acclaimed novelist Larry Watson, a multigenerational story of the West told through the history of one woman trying to navigate life on her own terms.
 
Ediesmart, selfassured, beautifulalways worked hard. She worked as a teller at a bank, she worked to save her first marriage, and later, she worked to raise her daughter even as her second marriage came apart. Really,
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Algonquin Books
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Diane S ☔
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I mean, all of us are someone else in the eyes of others. And for all I know, maybe that other is as true, as real, as the person we believe we are."

Meet Edie, a young woman who married Dean, one of a set of fraternal twins. Problem is his brother, his twin also has feelings for Edie and is not too subtle in his interactions with his brother's wife. This effects all three of them in not so healthy a way.

We next meet Edie twenty years later and in a different place, in a different situation.
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Carolyn
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everyone in this book is an ordinary person, people you can recognize and relate to easily. The first part takes place in the world of the late 1960's and that era is faultlessly portrayed in a way that I instantly recognized. That was us, back then. She's pretty and popular, but she passes on the football players and class presidents and chooses a quiet, gentle man to love. They marry young, right out of high school. Problem is, his brother, a fraternal twin, loves Edie, too, and always has. ...more
Nan Williams
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I'm sure this will be interesting to many, but the characters and life they lived simply did not hold my interest. I quit at 15%.

I appreciate this ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Elisabeth
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a huge Larry Watson fan. This book was so difficult to read! His writing is beautiful; precise and sparse. He allows his characters to make such poor decisions and shows our horrible human flaws.
Jacqueline
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have long been a fan of Larry Watson. I love the rawness of his writing that strips away the pretense we carry in our daily lives. What is left is not always pretty, but it definitely feels true. The Lives of Edie Pritchard did not disappoint. In this novel we get to see Edie Pritchard in three stages of her life...along with those that seek to own and control her. Edie is relatable. And unforgettable. Thank you NetGalley and publishers for providing an advanced digital copy for review.
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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 ...more

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