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Publisher's Summary

"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 Times best-selling author of The Worst Hard Time)

From a blazing new voice in fiction, a gritty and lyrical American epic about a young woman who disguises herself as a boy and heads west

In the spring of 1885, 17-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' quest lands her in the employ of the territory's violent, capricious governor, whose militia is also hunting Noah - dead or alive.

Wrestling with her brother's outlaw identity, and haunted by questions about her own, Jess must outmaneuver those who underestimate her, ultimately rising to become a hero in her own right.

Told in Jess' wholly original and unforgettable voice, Whiskey When We're Dry is a stunning achievement, an epic as expansive as America itself - and a reckoning with the myths that are entwined with our history.

©2018 John Larison (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Loved It!

I rarely leave reviews, but this was an excellent pairing of story and narrator, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and the last few books I started didn’t really hold my interest, which is unusual for me, so I’m really glad to have found this one. The story was engaging and the the narrator’s voice was perfect, with no mechanical pauses or voices that didn’t fit to pull me out of the story.

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  • Harold
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  • 09-25-18

A pleasant freshness

Sick of CIA type heroes? Love history accurately shared? It's a good one
I do 2 or 3 books a week, its worth a listen

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Amazing !

The performance by Sophie Amoss brought this beautifully written novel to life. A book that will always stay with me.

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The narrator...

Was exquisite. There are many audiobooks that I will not purchase based on the way one narrates...I was excited by this story and SO pleased with the narrator’s incredible articulation and richness in story telling. I will look for more books narrated by her in the future.

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Incredible

Seldom are skilled prose and a truly moving story blended so into such a captivating paced narrative. The author makes you root for the villain even in one if the most brutal scenes I have ever read.
Don’t miss this one. And the reading in audio version is perfectly toned.

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A wonderful book

I adored this book. The plot is amazing, moving and filled with interesting and complex characters. The main character, a woman sharp shooter, disguised as a man to find her outlaw brother, is one of my favorite books of the year.

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Wonderfully written, couldn’t put it down.

Sophie’s performance was amazing. Each character beautifully portrayed, a kaleidoscope of voices. loved this book!!!

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overall a good read

familiar story line, but written well which kept me interested.
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  • JP
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highly recommend

the story and performance kept my attention the entire time and made a road trip fly by!

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excellent western

l found this book complex. It is written with a notebof possible honesty of the time somewhere between now and then. I enjoyed the perspective of a women as told by a male author.