Heart Earthby Ivan Doig
Doig re-creates the nomadic existence of his adventurous mother, miraculously brought
With its powerful echoes of a family and its fate, HEART EARTH is the fitting companion to Doig's THIS HOUSE OF SKY. Against the backdrop of WW II, the Doigs migrate from boomtime Arizona to the high country of their Montana origins. It's a drama that builds as only real life can.
Doig re-creates the nomadic existence of his adventurous mother, miraculously brought back in the evocative lines of her wartime letters. Doig's father gives off the "tense hum of a wire in the wind" as he works to make his family secure. And a child, "touchy and thorough, doctrinaire and dreamy," looks out through a curtain of years.
"Doig makes readers recall why they love to read, writers why they wanted to write in the first place." (Washington Post)
Los Angeles Times
"Like Doig's This House of Sky, this book repeatedly proves the power of language. Ivan Doig uses words like oil paint to create canvasses of enduring value and originality."Los Angeles Times
"A lyrical evocation of the Doigs' gallantly hardscrabble existence and love for the unforgiving Montana mountains."San Francisco Chronicle
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. . . I shouldn’t even be writing you my troubles but I have to spill over to someone. I’d just like to have you around so I could put my head on your shoulder and cry.
. . . It is going on one and we haven’t had dinner yet. Charlie is resting and I thought the rest would do him more good than eating. Ivan is out in the backyard building roads. He had a foxhole dug you could bury a cow in.
Meet the Author
Ivan Doig (1939-2015) was a third-generation Montanan and the author of sixteen books, including the classic memoir This House of Sky and most recently Last Bus to Wisdom. He was a National Book Award finalist and received the Wallace Stegner Award, among many other honors. Doig lived in Seattle with his wife, Carol. Visit IvanDoig.com.
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Based on the letters his mother wrote to his uncle during World War II, Doig is able to construct an understanding of his mother who died when he was young. Anyone who has lost a parent at an early age would long for the information provided in his mother's letters to a beloved brother fighting in the War. Doig has the ability to draw a reader in and to enable that reader to share in his sorrow, but the book is by no means a "downer." His mother's life was short, but it burned bright with love.
This is a heartfelt true story about a time in the west, and a family bound to each other by the hardships of life. I couldn't put it down. Ivan Doig writes from the heart.