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Already drawing comparisons to Frank McCourt, Judy Blunt has penned an astonishingly honest memoir, recounting her life on remote cattle and wheat ranches in the Big Sky country of northeastern Montana. Played out against the sweeping panorama of the mythic American West, Breaking Clean is an extraordinary achievement: the true story of a woman's painful struggle to accept a secondary place in a man's world, and her bid to redefine herself as she comes to terms with the vast terrain she loves.
As a child, Judy watched as the strong women around her shouldered their share of heavy ranch work, only to return home to find more chores -- deemed "women's work" -- awaiting them. Finding a context for her growing feelings of isolation in the nascent women's liberation movement, which had begun to penetrate even small-town Montana, Judy began to explore this new spirit of individuality without a hint of self-pity, enduring the sniggering jokes often sent her way. Her sharply honed survival skills enabled her to endure bouts of loneliness, the seemingly endless succession of seasonal blizzards and prairie fires, and the sudden illness of her infant daughter, which finally fueled her ultimate decision to leave the only place she had ever known as "home."
With moving candor and rare purity of language, Judy Blunt triumphs -- and patiently reminds us of the myriad ways "women can be isolated by circumstances as well as by distance, and how our experiences, though geographically distinct, often translate into the same feelings." (Spring 2002 Selection)