"An adventurous, ambitious, inventive novel by a writer to relish."
THE WIDOW NASH
A novel about reinvention
Out now from Counterpoint Press
Thoughtful, richly written historical fiction.
With Technicolor, vibrant prose, Jamie Harrison’s novel The Widow Nash reinvents the Western from a feminist perspective; from the first page, the fierce Dulcy brings the reader into her unforgettable world. A novel as wildly original and memorable as the West itself. Karen E. Bender, author of Refund, a finalist for the National Book Award
A compelling novel of reinvention and the seismic sacrifices we make for difficult family. Every page contains a new historical and emotional discovery. Harrison is a true original, and she gives us a father-daughter love story for the ages.
Sheri Holman, author of the New York Times bestseller The Dress Lodger
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.
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.
Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
[Harrison] writes atmospheric historical fiction featuring both drama and bizarrely entertaining humor. There are Whartonesque touches in the demarcations of society, though the humor is of a decidedly more oddball and at times raunchy nature that pulls no punches. This amalgam of varied parts works, providing both the overarching story of a woman divorcing herself from her past and a subtler comedy of errors among a quirky cast of characters.
If an Edith Wharton heroine had decided to ditch the bustles and the propriety and simply light out for a fresh start in the Territories, she might have called herself the Widow Nash. . . Not only do we get a pitch-perfect evocation of a prior time, but a subtle reworking of America’s great central myth—and its inheritor, Dulcy Remfrey, is so well rendered as to make you forget you’re reading about any particular era at all. That’s the mark of greatness. Malcolm Brooks, author of Painted Horses
Richly descriptive, The Widow Nash is the luminous story of a woman suspended between two worlds, one promising, the other catastrophic. BookPage
This gorgeously written historical novel follows Dulcy, a young woman in 1904 who attempts to flee her late father’s business problems — and her violent ex-fiancé’s grasp — by traveling west and posing as a wealthy widow.
Entertainment Weekly, The Must List
With loads of drama (murder! theft!) and an empowering message, this guy is pretty unputdownable.
Pure Wow (top pick)