This House of Sky
Landscapes of A Western MindBook - 1999
A haunting, magnificently written memoir by Ivan Doig about growing up in the American West
Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, to those who love us, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, independence, love, and family. A powerfully told story, This House of Sky is at once especially American and universal in its ability to awaken a longing for an explicable past.
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Memoir of novelist, one of my favorites, he writes novels of west, mostly (not western formula, though). This may be his first published book, 1978, he was 39 at that time. His mother died when he was 6 and his father and mother's mother raised him, together. Many of his novels' characters are based on real characters in his life.
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