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...
  • Elyse Walters
    Nov 17, 2018
    ?Shooting ain?t no life for females?. ?Yessir?. ?I practiced even though I knew I was to be a ranch wife in this valley and wouldn?t never have cause to know such skills?. The year was 1885... Jessilyn Harney fancied the notion of being a Straight-Eye-Shooter. ...
  • 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...
  • Suzanne
    Dec 05, 2018
    This is a tough one to rate star-wise. It started out well enough. At the beginning I was thoroughly charmed by the voice and invested in the characters and story, then something went south in the second half. Not sure what happened, but the voice became cloying and refused to fit with...
  • 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 it...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Mackenzi
    Dec 15, 2018
    Because it is nowhere in the marketing copy, I feel compelled to spread the word that this book is VERY GAY. It is also V E R Y G O O D. ...
  • Les
    Feb 11, 2019
    Actual Rating: 4.5/5 Whiskey When We're Dry was selected by my book club for this month's read. It is also the Newport Reads choice for 2019 and the author will be speaking at the Newport Performing Arts Center on April 11th. Westerns have never been my book of choice and none of my...
  • 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...
  • Tammy
    Oct 20, 2018
    4 ? A western setting in 1885 post Civil War this novel tells the story of Jessilyn who?s DEFINITELY one unforgettable female protagonist - I just loved her spunk and craziness!! Whiskey is a creative and very unique story about coming-of-age, gender ambiguity, and how the power o...
  • 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...
  • Eric
    Mar 23, 2019
    Whiskey When We're Dry by John Larison is a western epic set in the 1800s after the Civil War. The novel follows the Harney family, which includes the patriarch "Pa," rebelling son Noah and youngest daughter Jessilyn. Pa, long widowed by the loss of his Mexican wife, Rosa, due to the b...
  • Brian Wraight
    Aug 14, 2018
    John Larison?s masterful debut is bighearted and heartbreaking, tender and brutal, tragic and life-affirming, action-packed and meditative. Bolstered by an unforgettable narrator and a cast of full-bodied supporting characters, it?s everything an American adventure novel should be....
  • Colleen
    Nov 14, 2018
    Jessilyn?s mother died while giving birth to her, so she has been raised on an isolated homestead with only her small-time cattle rancher father and her older brother, Noah. After Noah takes off one night and her father dies, she?s faced with the reality of trying to survive on her...
  • 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...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    Aug 07, 2018
    4+ ? ? ? ? No library wait for this one which means some readers are missing out. The initial 100 pages went down as smooth and fast as Scottish Comfort Jamie Frasier Red. Wait, I meant Southern Comfort Johnnie Walker Red. To darn easy to get those mixed up. Despite that ...
  • Rich
    Mar 30, 2019
    3.5 Rounded to 4 Stars The story is brings an entertaining slice of the wild west to life through a gunslinging, whiskey drinking, hard nosed but righteous gal. The story starts out with a family living on a small western ranch. A heart broken Dad who misses his wife, a son and a ...
  • Jen
    Jan 13, 2019
    A gunslinging, Giddy up, western style read. This is some powerful writing about a girl who loses her pa on their ranch and she is now a gun toting ?boy? on the search for her infamous and wanted outlaw brother. The language and dialogue - fabulous!! A good ole fashion western wi...
  • Annette
    Aug 18, 2019
    Thank you Penguin Books for offering this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Whiskey When We?re Dry is about a seventeen year girl named Jessilyn, motherless since birth, lives with her father and a brother named Noah on a ranch. Noah and her Pa got in a fight that crack her fathers sk...
  • Tara Rock
    Mar 31, 2019
    4.5 Stars. Excellent; the more one read the better it got. This one has it all. ...
  • Chris
    Nov 28, 2018
    Jessilyn is a young woman, who is orphaned and alone on the homestead in 1885. Her mother died after giving birth, her pa later found dead in the hills with his horse; her brother, Noah, left home in a huff and is now a drifter and outlaw with ?wanted? posters up all over town and ...
  • 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. ...
  • Kathryn in FL
    Nov 09, 2018
    AVAILABLE NOW! 5 SOLID STARS for a Classic Tale on the Wild West! Debut Author, John Larison incorporates many aspects of living in the Wild West in the 1870's. We see the hardships and the beauty of the frontier through the character's eyes, who encountered its beauty and bru...
  • Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
    Jul 05, 2019
    After losing her father in a riding accident, Jessilyn, a brave young woman suddenly find herself alone. Forced out of her family homestead, she decides to take the road masquerading as a male sharpshooter. Jesse seeks to reunite with her outlaw brother and, with his help, return and...