Let Him Go by Larry Watson may be one of the most depressing books I have ever read, but like everything he writes, the story calls to you and sticks with you, as it is well-written. Set in the 1950s, Grandmother Martha Blackledge is obsessed with getting her grandson back from his mother and stepfather who have moved to another state. Martha sees the boy as her last hope, as her son died in a freak accident and her daughter has distanced herself by moving far away. Her husband George reluctantly joins her on her trip to retrieve their grandson from his stepfamily. As you can imagine, this is not as easy as one would hope. The rest is a haunting tale full of sadness and despair. Watson is a local author, he teaches writing and literature at Marquette University in Milwaukee and is best known for Montana 1948, but I would suggest White Crosses as his best book.
Meredith @ Central