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Resounds: Jamie Harrison

Anna Paige
Jamie Harrison in the YPR studios

Jamie Harrison did not envision a career as a writer, despite her father Jim Harrison’s illustrious literary career. After graduating from college with an English degree, she spent several years working as an editor in New York City. She moved to Livingston to work for a small publishing company and only took to writing after the business closed. Her four murder mysteries were published between 1996 and 2001. She retired from writing for nearly 16 years to raise a family.

Jamie Harrison has now lived in Montana with her family for more than thirty years. Harrison is the author of six novels, the latest, released in January 2021, is The Center of Everything.

The Center of Everything is about complex family relationships that play out over a 4th of July weekend in 2002, in Livingston and at a park along the Yellowstone River.

"Brilliant . . . Harrison plumbs complex family relationships and sheds insight on the power of memories and how they shape her characters. Harrison shines with passages of vivid imagery as Polly gains an added dimension of perception from looking at art and photographs. Readers will find themselves wishing this won’t end." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Jamie Harrison was awarded the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Reading the West Book Award for her historic Montana-based novel The Widow Nash, and was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award for the same book.

“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.” —Carl Hiaasen

Jamie first four books, The Edge of the Crazies, Going Local, An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence, and Blue Deer Thaw were contemporary murder mysteries set in south-central Montana. The Jules Clement mysteries are slated to be reissued soon by Counterpoint Press.