Finalist - 2018 Will Rogers Medallion Awards
Semi Finalist - 2018 Goethe Awards
Montana in 1917 was not necessarily a hospitable place for Germans. World War I was raging and America had just declared its intent to help the British and the French. Not everyone was convinced this was a good idea but God help you if spoke your mind, especially if you were German. Otto Lutz fell into this category. He and his family were like most ranchers in central Montana in 1917. They were struggling to make a living from a land that was more often than not, unpredictable in what it would yield. Still, life had been mostly good for them but that was before the war and their feud with Jim Thompson. Given the man he was, it was not a good set of circumstances for Otto.
A powerful story full of pain, suffering and retribution. Well done! - Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Reader's Favorite
All in all, Unfortunate Words is a great book. - Raanan Geberer for Reader's Favorite