Featured books at Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore: In Caddis Wood; American Boy

In Caddis Wood

Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife, In Caddis Woodexplores the competing rhythms of romantic love, family life, and professional ambition, refracted through the changing seasons of a long marriage. Beneath the surface, affecting their collective future, beats the resilient and endangered heart of nature. As the memories multiply and the family gathers at their longtime summerhouse in the woods of Wisconsin, Hallie and Carl’s grown-up daughters offer unexpected avenues toward forgiveness and healing. With warmth and generosity, Mary François Rockcastle captures the way that the aging mind imbues the present with all the many layers of the past as she illuminates the increasingly unbreakable bonds borne of a shared life.

“As she did in her debut, Rockcastle once again melds family drama with a palpable sense of place. . . . Suffused,appropriately, with imagery of the natural and man-made worlds, Rockcastle’s skillful pacing weaves together the family’s tumultuous history with its uncertain present. A mature love story offering a clear-eyed glimpse of the challenges and rewards of a long marriage.”—Publishers Weekly


American Boy

The bestselling author of Montana 1948returns to Milkweed Editions with American Boy, a classic tale of desire, betrayal, and coming of age in 1960’s Minnesota.  Already chosen as one of the top 20 Indie Sleeper hits for Fall 2011, as well as an IndieNext selection for October, American Boy is shaping up to be the Midwestern novel of the year.

“Watson has penned some of the best contemporary fiction about small-town America, and his new novel does not disappoint. . . . With his graceful writing style, well-drawn characters, and subtly moving plot, Watson masterfully portrays the dark side of small-town America. Highly readable and enthusiastically recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)

Larry Watson is the author of seven widely acclaimed novels, including the best-selling Montana 1948. Over the course of his career, Watson has been praised for the “unflinching honesty and complete respect” he shows to his characters (Booklist), and his novels have been called “captivating and haunting” (Washington Post), “remarkable” (Baltimore Sun), “utterly mesmerizing” (The Nation), and lauded as small masterpieces which “pull you immediately into [their] depths and settle inside your bones for a long and haunting stay” (San Francisco Chronicle). Larry Watson lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with his family.


Both books are available at Monkey See Monkey Read in downtown Northfield.

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