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Indie Next Pick for Sept 2018 and July 2019

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Named a Best Book by Entertainment Weekly, O Magazine, Goodreads, Southern Living, Outside Magazine, Parade, Fodor’s Travel, Sioux City Journal, Read it Forward,, and others.

Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Selected a Best Book of 2018 by Powell’s

Finalist for the Ken Kesey Award

Currently in development for a feature film.

Paperback Release: July 2 2019

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“John Larison’s western epic…feels operatic in its ambition and intensity—a rich melodrama of gun-slinging, hidden identities, conflicted loyalties, and high-stakes emotion, likely to become a modern classic of the western genre. — Kim Fu author of FOR TODAY I AM A BOY

"A thunderclap of originality, here is a fresh voice and fresh take on one of the oldest stories we tell about ourselves as Americans and Westerners. It's riveting in all the right ways -- a damn good read that stayed with me long after closing the covers." – Timothy Egan, New York Time bestselling author of THE WORST HARD TIME

"An orphan girl straight out of a Gillian Welch song, betrayed in every way imaginable by the brutality that 'won the West,' is left no way to hew a family or honor but to become a virtuoso cross-dressed killer of Manifest Destiny's men. As Jessilyn Harney takes on the great lies and liars with lyrical violence, her voice takes flight, becoming a sustained, forlornly beautiful, mind-bending aria for our age."  – David James Duncan, author of The River Why

"Whiskey When We're Dry is a newfangled tale of the lawless old West, the story of a surprising heroine, a "trick-shooter" who can inflict death in a duel or a brawl. In her search for home and family, orphaned Jessilyn Harney rides out on a lonely quest, and invents herself anew, finding "love outside of chance." Narrated in a rough voice cobbled out of slang and sagebrush, and a sharp sense of humor, Larison's novel is a vivid and fast-paced frontier saga."  --Kate Manning, author, My Notorious Life

Select Profiles and Interviews:

December 1, 2018: Learn more about the writing of WHISKEY from this interview with Authorlink.

November 2, 2018: Booktalk with Diana Korte

Sept 13, 2018: On-air with Ken Jones of KBOO

August 24, 2018 Here John read from WHISKEY on-air interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud.

August 20, 2018 Profile in Kirkus Reviews

August 3, 2018 Interview with Cowboys and Indians Magazine