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  • The painful beauty of love

    Melanie Rae Thon's short stories, gathered in her collection In This Light, paint a desolate and tender picture of the West.

  • Mapping the Hi-Line: A review of Honyocker Dreams

    Writer David Mogen sets out to understand his childhood and his rural ancestors, who lived along Montana’s Hi-Line, just below the Canadian border.

  • Reasons to persevere

    Reasons to persevere

    In his novel, Blind Your Ponies, Stanley Gordon West looks into the heart of a fictional small town in Montana.

  • What it took to win one small victory

    What it took to win one small victory

    The small community of Conway, Wash., successfully fought off a cell-phone tower, but paid a high price for victory.

  • Boom! Boom!

    An energy boom of unprecedented proportions is transforming western Colorado towns like Rifle, which just recently recovered from the last big energy boom – and a catastrophic bust.

  • Small-town struggle in a big land

    In his first book, The Enders Hotel, Brandon R. Schrand describes a childhood spent growing up in a funky hotel in the small town of Soda Springs, Idaho.

  • Poetry in motion

    Poetry in motion

    That odd-looking woman on the sidewalk ahead of you is not just talking to herself; she's trying -- loudly -- to memorize a poem.

  • Bootstrapping in Roundup

    Bootstrapping in Roundup

    When the Musselshell River flooded Roundup, Mont., it did damage to everything but the townsfolk's indomitable spirit.

  • The sign maker

    The sign maker

    The wooden signs Phil Garfoot made still offer directions to his friends, even after his death.

  • Libby is not what you think

    Libby is not what you think

    Libby, Mont., has known more tragedy than most small towns could ever imagine, and yet it remains a wonderful place to live.

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