Jon Boilard is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, he has been living in Northern California since 1986.
"A stunning debut from a
writer who you will surely
hear from again and again."
—Steve Yarbrough,
author of The Realm of Last Chances
"the literary equivalent of punk rock…" Kirkus Reviews
"Southern Gothic come to New England. Compulsively readable…" Booklist

In the literary tradition of William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy and William Gay, Jon Boilard's debut novel tells the story of Bobby DuBois, the youngest male descendant of Franklin County's most notorious family of villains. On the run, Bobby is forced into a conflict of blood when he discovers that before achieving redemption he must first pay for the most egregious of his father's sins. Beautiful and brutal, A River Closely Watched chronicles a young man's struggle to save his own soul.

A River Closely Watched