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The Best of Montana's Short Fiction (Hardcover)
Montana has long drawn the outcasts and the dreamers, the searchers and the hiders--and the writers. Here are twenty-one stories from the frontier of our country and the edge of our national imagination.
The cast of characters is as big as the state. There's the cuckolded father in Richard Ford's classic, "Great Falls," or Ralph Beer's hero in "Big Spenders," sitting with his umbrella drink, dreaming about palm trees and white crescent beaches. There's also Thomas McGuane's eavesdropping narrator in "Like a Leaf," watching other people's lives, always from a distance. Chris Offutt's protagonist in "Tough People" is trying to earn enough money in amateur boxing to get out of town, while Mary Clearman Blew's narrator in "Bears and Lions" describes how her home is slipping away--how the West is leaving her behind.
Montana has for years been a special place for writers. The Best of Montana's Short Fiction is long overdue.
About the Author
WILLIAM KITTREDGE is a retired Regents Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Montana. His most recent books are The Nature of Generosity, Southwestern Homelands, and The Best Stories of William Kittredge. He lives in Missoula, Montana. ALLEN MORRIS JONES is the former editor of Big Sky Journal. His books include A Quiet Place of Violence: Hunting and Ethics in the Missouri River Breaks and Last Year's River. His writing has appeared in Men's Journal, Town and Country, Sports Afield, and Gray's Sporting Journal. He lives in Livingston, Montana.
"This is a fine book, top-heavy with talent."--Booklist
"Never merely decorative, the wild, sometimes "wide open spaces" in The Best of Montana Short Fiction stretch farther than years and go deeper than character, rooted, as they are, in the fundamentals of life and death." --San Diego Union Tribune
"The real Montana lies in the rich variety of characters and situations created by the authors in this collection."--The Denver Post
"...a remarkable anthology of twenty-one short stories." --Forecast
"This is a terrific collection...the 21 stories here work brilliantly as a collective voice." --Billings Gazette (Montana)