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  • Breaking the silence of suicide

    It may seem like a considerable departure for High Country News to write about mental illness and suicide, but as Ray Ring’s deeply personal lead story shows, both tragedies are rooted in the West.

  • My Crazy Brother

    Ray Ring takes a personal, painful look at the West’s suicidal tendencies, as shown in the life and death of his brother, John.

  • Reasons to stay

    In Charlotte Bacon’s novel, Split Estate, a damaged New York family seeks refuge and renewal on a Wyoming ranch.

  • Forces of nature

    Amy Irvine’s memoir, Trespass, describes how she moved to rural Utah after her father’s suicide.

  • The amphibian heart

    Aaron Gilbreath rescues red-spotted toads and wishes he could preserve the unraveling strands of his grandmother’s memory.

  • Glimpses of the high desert

    Glimpses of the high desert

    The essays in Ellen Waterston's Where the Crooked River Rises pay homage to her home in the high desert of eastern Oregon.

  • Ashes

    A woman and her son say their final goodbyes to a friend who committed suicide.

  • The trouble with guns

    The trouble with guns

    Maybe it's true that guns don't kill people, but people using guns can sure do damage.

  • Thomas McGuane’s lonely freaks

    The powerful short stories in Thomas McGuane’s Gallatin Canyon prove him to be the New West’s answer to Flannery O’Connor.

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