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  • 'The music of men's lives'

    'The music of men's lives'

    In his new novel, Work Song, Ivan Doig describes the struggle between mine owners and union activists in post-WWI Butte, Mont.

  • A deadly fastball in Denver: A review of The Ringer

    A deadly fastball in Denver: A review of The Ringer

    In her debut novel, The Ringer, Jenny Shank brings to life two troubled families haunted by violence in Denver.

  • A forbidden road trip: A review of Lamb

    A forbidden road trip: A review of Lamb

    Lamb, Bonnie Nadzam's crisp, startling and psychologically intense debut novel, follows two troubled characters on a quest for redemption in the West.

  • A life of words and wilderness

    Rick Bass’ memoir, Why I Came West, describes how his 20-year struggle to save Montana’s Yaak Valley held him hostage, preventing him from concentrating on writing the short fiction that he loves.

  • A life unwound

    A life unwound

    In Michelle Huneven's novel Blame, a woman tries to deal with her guilt after a drunken-driving accident.

  • A poet’s novel of the San Luis Valley

    In Rise, Do Not Be Afraid, poet Aaron Abeyta explores the lives of the people who lived and loved in the long-lost town of Santa Rita in Colorado’s remote San Luis Valley

  • A search for meaning in the Pacific Northwest

    A search for meaning in the Pacific Northwest

    Jon Raymond's short-story collection, Livability, is compassionate and quietly devastating.

  • A second chance at love: A review of Liberty Lanes

    A second chance at love: A review of Liberty Lanes

    Liberty Lanes, Robin Troy's second novel, tracks the lives of a group of senior citizens in a small Montana town.

  • A Western mystery with an environmental twist: a review of Buried by the Roan

    A Western mystery with an environmental twist: a review of Buried by the Roan

    In Mark Stevens' second novel, Allison Coil, a tequila-drinking hunting guide, investigates a mysterious death in a remote landscape much sought after by oil and gas developers.

  • A Western state of mind

    A Western state of mind

    The short story anthology Best of the West 2009 is filled with memorable characters and muscular prose.

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