Harrison, who wrote the acclaimed Blue Deer series of mystery novels set in a fictionalized Livingston, turns to historical fiction in her latest work. The Widow Nash tells the story of a young woman who, needing to flee a violent suitor, fakes her own death and pursues a new life in turn-of-the-century Livingston. With vibrant characters and period details, Harrison’s latest spans continents and decades, engaging in moral questions that will resonate with modern readers.
Publisher’s Weekly gives The Widow Nash a starred and boxed review saying, “Harrison paints a lovely and memorable portrait of a desperate woman’s flight to a new life … Harrison’s lead is a strong and clever woman who is easy to admire, while the rest of the heroes, villains, and ambiguous sorts are as vividly drawn as the raw and terrible scenery of Montana. Readers will treasure Harrison’s rich characterization and sharp turns of phrase.”
Best selling novelist and part-time Livingston resident Carl Hiaasen writes, “This deliciously ambitious novel delivers one memorable character after another. None is more magnetic than the ‘Widow Nash’ herself, a fabulous heroine and irresistible travel companion. Jamie Harrison is a clever, gifted writer, and this shining book is flat-out terrific.”
In addition to her Blue Deer books, Harrison (daughter of the late novelist Jim Harrison), is a notorious foodie, has worked as a technical writer of archaeological, botanical and biological reports, and has a wicked tennis serve.
The free event begins at 7 p.m. upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.