Intoxicating Summer Reads for Cocktail Lovers

A third-generation Montanan, National Book Award finalist, and author of 13 previous books, Ivan Doig's novel invites us into the Medicine Lodge, the legendary Montana saloon run by Tom Harry, who has a son named Rusty. His mother left years ago, and the pair make an odd kind of family, with the bar their true home. They manage just fine — until the summer of 1960, when Proxi and her beatnik daughter, Francine, blow into town. Washington Post calls it a "a subtle and engaging narrative" with "characters who behave the way real people behave."