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The Best of Montana's Short Fiction
     

The Best of Montana's Short Fiction

by William Kittredge (Editor), Allen Morris Jones (Editor), Allen Morris Jones (Editor)
 

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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

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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.

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Longtime Montana loyalists William Kittredge and Allen Morris Jones have been writing about their home state for decades. In The Best of Montana's Short Fiction, they showcase other Treasure State authors. The impressive roster of contributors include Richard Ford, Tom McGuane, Rick Bass, Maile Meloy, Annick Smith, Chris Offutt, Peter Fromm, and Kittredge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592288199
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 8.62(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet 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.

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