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Joe Wilkins lives with his wife and two young children in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College. Wilkins was born and raised on a ranch in the area of eastern Montana known as the Big Dry.

Joe Wilkins lives with his wife and two young children in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His father and grandfather work hard to make a living off this unforgiving yet starkly beautiful land, but when Wilkins is nine years old, his father dies of cancer.

Joe Wilkins grew up in a water-starved stretch of eastern Montana known as the Big Dr. This impressive memoir by Joe Wilkins is about his childhood in Melstone, Montana, which is a tiny ranching community on the dry eastern plains just north of Billings

Joe Wilkins grew up in a water-starved stretch of eastern Montana known as the Big Dry. With his new book, he returns to the unforgiving landscape of his youth in a series of wistful vignettes culled from vivid, often violent childhood memories. This impressive memoir by Joe Wilkins is about his childhood in Melstone, Montana, which is a tiny ranching community on the dry eastern plains just north of Billings. I have a personal connection to this memoir.

Joe Wilkins was born into this world, raised by a young mother and elderly grandfather following the untimely death of his father. ISBN13: 9781619021617.

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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. 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.

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Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana ruggle, violence, community, and care Joe knew growing up in the rural West, and his memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers.

Joe Wilkins was born and raised north of the Bull Mountains, out on the Big Dry of eastern Montana ruggle, violence, community, and care Joe knew growing up in the rural West, and his memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, captures the lives of boys and men in that desolate country, a place that shapes the people who live there and rarely lets them go. Wilkins is also the author of three poetry collections, most recently When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry.

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Are you sure you want to remove The mountain and the fathers from your list? The mountain and the fathers. Published 2012 by Counterpoint in Berkeley, CA. Written in English. Droughts, Rural poor, Social conditions, Childhood and youth, Biography, Internet Archive Wishlist.

Joe Wilkins is the author of the memoir The Mountain and the Fathers and three books of poetry, most recently When We Were Birds. As part of a writing residency, he and his family spent the summer and fall of 2015 living in an off-the-grid cabin in the Klamath Mountains of southwestern Oregon. They were prepared for ticks, poison oak, and black bears, but they didn’t realize how much they’d miss having a nearby ice-cream shop.

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The 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. Ultimately, 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.

Comments: (7)

Jay
Much of what I loved about The Mountain and the Fathers had to do with my shared experience with Joe Wilkins. I grew up just a few miles up the road from where most of this story takes place. But there's way more to Wilkins' writing than that. Wilkins explores the sense of isolation and not fitting in as well as any writer I've read since Richard Ford. The knowledge that there's more to the world but that he's not in a position to explore it pervades the early pages of this book and gives it a sense of desperation that I know so well. And it makes the reader root for a better future for our narrator. I can't imagine any better accomplishment than that for a memoir. But on top of that, the poet in Wilkins brings a lyrical quality to the prose that is sometimes stunning. This is an amazing book.
Steel_Blade
Gems like this are rare indeed, really glad I found it. The book is a quick read, short chapters, perfect quality over excessive quantity. Every word of every sentence takes a huge role in forming the wings that lifts this story into the stratosphere. If you love creative writing this book transcends and delivers, only problem is it'll most likely make the next book you read feel anemic. PS: If you goggle the Author's home town, it really help this city slicker to visualize life iin Big Sky country.
Trash Obsession
I've never been to the Big Dry in Montana, but Wilkins does a great job of evoking it--a hard land, and a challenging place for kids who haven't yet hardened. Wilkins is at his best when he explores divides--between generations, between poor and poorer, between the "soft" world of school/education (not to mention poetry) and the rugged and gritty landscape. And he's at his best a lot. The language here is infused with a kind of beautiful melancholy. This isn't just another memoir of the West, however--that's been done before. What most impresses me is Wilkins' ability to pull the reader back into childhood, into the physical and emotional growing pains and pangs of coming of age. Parts of this book reminded me of those wonderful childhood scenes from Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life--by turns befuddled and amazed by the confounding world of adults, with the camera perpetually looking up (at fathers, mothers, grandfathers, brothers, those cagey friends who've tasted the apple--or at least boast that they have--before you even knew the apple was there). And hurtling, terrified, toward the future, or as Housman puts it, in what would serve as a fitting epigraph for this book, "I, a stranger and afraid/in a World I never made." Highly recommended.
Dozilkree
This book tells the truth, unvarnished, swept raw by fierce prairie winds, and battered by hail storms. Joe Wilkins has laid his soul bare, but not barren - he has uncorked a pent-up emotional bottle to beat back the drought, to bring some clarity to remembered pieces of his unique upbringing.

As a native Montanan, I visited the Jersey Lily many years ago, and it has so much more meaning to me now that I've read this remarkable memoir. My Montana, though truth for me, is so different from Joe Wilkins' experience; but I suppose that's the terrific beauty of our native state - it can encompass all these truths, all the mothers and fathers and grandfathers, the mythic stoicism of the self-reliant farmer and rancher, the homesteaders of our past and present. I will always love Montana, and more so, somehow, after reading this brilliant book. Thank you.
Nea
Wilkins was born and raised on a ranch in the area of eastern Montana known as the Big Dry. His father and grandfather work hard to make a living off this unforgiving yet starkly beautiful land, but when Wilkins is nine years old, his father dies of cancer. The sparse memories of his father contrast with the vivid portraits of the many men in Wilkins' hometown who in various small (or in the case of his grandfather, big) ways teach him what it means to be a man and ultimately help him escape from a life he was not meant to live. The character of his mother and the story of his parents' courtship and love also loom large. Wilkins tells his story with poetry and heart. This is a book about growing up with loss and discovery, loneliness and love, and how stories can sustain us all as we make our way through the world. I highly recommend this book.
Frdi
Love this book. It takes me right to the big west and all the emotions that come with traveling and living there. Beautifully written. Permanent book on my shelves.
TheJonnyTest
This book makes me want to drive to small town Montana! The writing is beautiful and the author's story is honest.
Amazing book. Amazing author.
The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on The Big Dry download epub
Professionals & Academics
Author: Joe Wilkins
ISBN: 1582437947
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Professionals & Academics
Language: English
Publisher: Counterpoint; First Edition edition (February 28, 2012)
Pages: 240 pages