Mountain and The Fathers
explores the life of boys and men in the unforgiving, harsh world north
of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana in a drought afflicted area
called the Big Dry, a land that chews up old and young alike.
Joe Wilkins was born into this world, raised by a young mother and
elderly grandfather following the untimely death of his father. That
early loss stretches out across the Big Dry, and Wilkins uses his own
story and those of the young boys and men growing up around him to
examine the violence, confusion, and rural poverty found in this
distinctly American landscape.
these lives put forth a new examination of myth and manhood
in the American west and cast a journalistic eye on how young men seek
to transcend their surroundings in the search for a better life.
Rather than dwell on grief or ruin, Wilkins’ memoir posits
that it is our stories that sustain us, and The
Mountain and The Fathers,
much like the work of Norman MacClean or Jim Harrison, heralds the
arrival of an instant literary classic.
The Mountain and the Fathers
Growing Up on The Big Dry
by Joe Wilkins