Raised by his father and maternal grandmother, Ivan Doig grew up with only a vague memory of his mother, who died on his sixth birthday. Profoundly original and lustrous, ” kirkus reviews Doig eloquently captures the texture of the American West during and after World War II, the fortune of a family, and one woman’s indomitable spirit.
Heart Earth: A Memoir #ad - Doig is “a colloquial stylist without equal…and Heart Earth is a book that repeatedly proves the power of language” Los Angeles Times. In this prize-winning prequel to his acclaimed memoir This House of Sky, Doig brings to life his childhood before his mother’s death, and the family’s journey from the Montana mountains to the Arizona desert and back again.
Then he discovered a cache of her letters, passionate, a spunky, and through them, can-do woman emerged.
This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western MindMariner Books #ad - A haunting, magnificently written memoir by ivan Doig about growing up in the American West Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. A powerfully told story, this house of Sky is at once especially American and universal in its ability to awaken a longing for an explicable past.
What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, love, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, independence, to those who love us, and family.
Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of AmericaMariner Books #ad - The author of the acclaimed this house of sky and mountain time provides a magnificent evocation of the Pacific Northwest through his exploration of the unpublished diaries of James Gilchrist Swan, an early settler of the region who was drawn there from Boston in the 1850s. A blend of modern-day travel memoir and nineteenth-century history, “infused with the fresh air and spirit of the Northwest” The New York Times Book Review.
Winter brothers fuses excerpts from these diaries with author Ivan Doig’s own journal entries, as he travels in Swan’s footsteps one winter along the once-wild coastline of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Absorbing . . . What emerges is a remarkable interaction of two minds, a dialogue across time that links the present with the reality of the American frontier.
Winter Brothers: A Season at the Edge of America #ad - A double portrait of striking clarity, yet with wonderfully subtle hues. San francisco Chronicle.
Sweet Thunder Two Medicine CountryRiverhead Books #ad - And the town itself, with its polyglot army of miners struggling to extricate themselves from the stranglehold of the ruthless Anaconda Copper Mining Company, seems—like the couple’s fast-diminishing finances—on the verge of implosion. These twin dilemmas catapult morrie into his new career as editorialist for the Thunder, the fledgling union newspaper that dares to play David to Anaconda’s Goliath.
. As he pursues victory for the miners, he discovers that he is enmeshed in a deeply personal battle as well—the struggle to win lasting love for himself. Brilliantly capturing an America roaring into a new age, Sweet Thunder is another great tale from a classic American novelist. But the mansion bestowed by a former boss upon the itinerant charmer, who debuted in Doig’s bestselling The Whistling Season, promises to be less windfall than money pit.
Sweet Thunder Two Medicine Country #ad - A beloved character brings the power of the press to 1920s butte, montana, in this latest from the best storyteller of the WestIn the winter of 1920, from a year-long honeymoon with his bride, a quirky bequest draws Morrie Morgan back to Butte, Montana, Grace. Amid the clatter of typewriters, and a cast of unforgettable characters, the rumble of the printing presses, Morrie puts his gift for word-slinging to work.
Prairie Nocturne: A NovelScribner #ad - Monty is distantly known to Susan from their childhoods in the Two Medicine country, yet an enforced stranger because of the racial divide. From one of the greatest novelists of the american west comes a surprising and riveting story set in Montana and New York during the Harlem Renaissance, drawing together an unlikely set of thwarted performers in one last inspired grasp at life's set of gold rings: love and renown.
Susan duff -- the bossy, indomitable schoolgirl with a silver voice from the pages of Doig's most popular work, Dancing at the Rascal Fair -- has reached middle age alone, teaching voice lessons to the progeny of Helena's high society. As monty and susan overcome treacherous obstacles, the grip of the past, including himself, Wes's mysterious motives unsettle everyone, and the trio's crossed fates form a deeply longitudinal novel that raises everlasting questions of allegiance, and the costs of career and passion.
Prairie Nocturne: A Novel #ad - Years later, susan is taken off guard when Wes arrives at her door with an unusual request: to train his chauffeur, Monty, in the ways of voice and performance. Prairie nocturne is the saga of these three people and their interlocked destinies. When she realizes he possesses a singing voice of rare splendor, Susan joins Wes's Pygmalion-like project to launch Monty on a performing career -- only to find the full force of the Ku Klux Klan in their way.
Wesley williamson -- business scion of a cattle-empire family -- has fallen from the heights of gubernatorial aspirations, forced out of a public career by political foes who uncovered his love affair with Susan.
Mountain Time: A NovelScribner #ad - His newspaper is going under, and his relationship with Lexa McCaskill is stalled at "just living together. Then, exasperating father, lyle, back to the family land, he is summoned by his sly, which Lyle plans to sell in the latest of his get-rich schemes before dying. Mountain time is distinguished by humor and a wry insight into the power of family feuds to mark individuals and endure.
Lexa follows, and the stage is set for long-overdue confrontations -- between lovers, sisters, accompanied by her sister Mariah, and father and son. At fifty-something, environmental reporter Mitch Rozier has grown estranged from Seattle's coffee shop and cyber culture. Set against the glorious backdrop of Montana mountain country, family, it is a dazzling novel of love, and the contemporary West.
Work Song Two Medicine CountryRiverhead Books #ad - An award-winning and beloved novelist of the American West spins the further adventures of a favorite character, in one of his richest historical settings yet. When morrie crosses paths with a lively former student, he is caught up in the mounting clash between the iron-fisted mining company, now engaged to a fiery young union leader, radical "outside agitators, " and the beleaguered miners.
If america was a melting pot, butte would be its boiling point, the itinerant teacher, and inveterate charmer last seen leaving a one-room schoolhouse in Marias Coulee, " observes Morrie Morgan, walking encyclopedia, the stage he stole in Ivan Doig's 2006 The Whistling Season. Lured like so many others by "the richest hill on earth, " Morrie steps off the train in Butte, copper-mining capital of the world, in its jittery heyday of 1919.
Work Song Two Medicine Country #ad - Watch a Video. But while riches elude morrie, sound-alike pair of retired welsh miners; a streak-of-lightning waif so skinny that he is dubbed Russian Famine; a pair of mining company goons; a comely landlady propitiously named Grace; and an eccentric boss at the public library, once again a colorful cast of local characters-and their dramas-seek him out: a look-alike, his whispered nickname a source of inexplicable terror.
And as tensions above ground and below reach the explosion point, Morrie finds a unique way to give a voice to those who truly need one. A decade later, morrie is back in Montana, as the beguiling narrator of Work Song.
Bucking the Sun: A NovelScribner #ad - Bucking the sun is the story of the duff family, homesteaders driven from the Montana bottomland to work on one of the New Deal’s most audacious projects—the damming of the Missouri River. Through the story of each family member—a wrathful father, a mettlesome mother, and three very different sons, and the memorable women they marry—Doig conveys a sense of time and place that is at once epic in scope and rich in detail.
The Sea RunnersScribner #ad - In 1853, in the farthest outpost of the czar’s empire, four Scandinavian indentured servants—seven-year men no better off than slaves—resolve to escape from Russian Alaska. They steal an indian canoe and point it south toward Astoria, in Oregon, twelve hundred miles away. This novel of audacity is based on a historical incident discovered by the author, and transformed by his imagination into a sustained sweep of adventure.
. The four sea runners must weather the worst the ill-named pacific can throw at them, guided as much by instinct and determination as by map, too, as day upon day, and must weather their own fierce squalls, they paddle through the magnificent maze of the Northwest Coast toward the mouth of the Columbia River.
The Eleventh Man: A NovelMariner Books #ad - Now, ten of them are scattered around the globe in the war’s lonely and dangerous theaters. After pearl harbor, the lives of eleven Montana college football teammates are changed forever in an “intensely suspenseful and moving” novel Scott Turow. He is to chronicle the adventures of his teammates, man by man, for publication in small-town newspapers across the country like the one his father edits.
In the early 1940s, the starting lineup of Treasure State University’s football team are local heroes. . Ready for action, reinking chafes at the assignment—not knowing that it will bring him love from an unexpected quarter and test the law of averages, which holds that all but one of his teammates should come through the conflict unscathed .
The Eleventh Man: A Novel #ad - . . The eleventh man, ben Reinking, has been plucked from pilot training by a military propaganda machine. But as america is pulled into World War II, they feel called to become heroes of another kind.
English Creek Montana TrilogyScribner #ad - In this prize-winning portrait of a time and place—montana in the 1930s—that at once inspires and fulfills a longing for an explicable past, Ivan Doig has created one of the most captivating families in American fiction, the McCaskills. The witty and haunting narration, follows the events of the two medicine country's summer: the tide of sheep moving into the high country, the capering Fourth of July rodeo and community dance, a masterpiece of vernacular in the tradition of Twain, as well as the McCaskill family's struggle within itself, and an end-of-August forest fire high in the Rockies that brings the book, to a stunning climax.
It is a season of escapade as well as drama, during which fourteen-year-old Jick comes of age. Through his eyes we see those nearest and dearest to him at a turning point—“where all four of our lives made their bend”—and discover along with him his own connection to the land, to history, and to the deep-fathomed mysteries of one’s kin and one’s self.