The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up in the Big Dry

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***Winner of the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award in Nonfiction******Finalist for the 2013 Orion Book Award******Named a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book***The Mountain and the Fathers explores the life of boys and men in the unforgiving, harsh world north of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana in a drought afflicted area called the Big Dry, a land that chews up old and young alike. Joe Wilkins was born into this world, raised by a young mother and elderly grandfather following the untimely death of his father. That early loss stretches out across the Big Dry, and Wilkins uses his own story and those of the young boys and men growing up around him to examine the violence, confusion, and rural poverty found in this distinctly American landscape. Ultimately, these lives put forth a new examination of myth and manhood in the American West and cast a journalistic eye on how young men seek to transcend their surroundings in the search for a better life. Rather than dwell on grief or ruin, Wilkins' memoir posits that it is our stories that sustain us, and The Mountain and the Fathers, much like the work of Norman Maclean or Jim Harrison, heralds the arrival of an instant literary classic.

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Joe Wilkins lives with his wife and two young children in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry has recently been recognized with a number of post-publication honors, including being named the winner of the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award in Nonfiction, a finalist for the 2013 Orion Book Award, and a 2012 Montana Book Award Honor Book.

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"Joe Wilkins evokes place like Willa Cather. That is, place begins as a kind of raw, wide-open poetry. He addresses memory and the inability to remember in lyrical prose that is achingly beautiful yet never pretentious or sentimental. With exquisite control at both the structural and sentence level, he displays both a surety and openness to question, particularly with regard to class and masculinity without theorizing or naming them as such." --from the Citation for the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award in Nonfiction

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