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25+ books of Montana fiction

Ronald Scheer "rockysquirrel"
 
The Big Sky
The Big Sky
"This 1947 novel kicked off a series of 6 of the author's epic historical novels about the settling of the West. Guthrie won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for "The Way West.""
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition
A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition
"These autobiographical novellas, published in 1976 tell of the youthful experiences of a young man growing up in the mountains and along the fishing streams of western Montana."
English Creek (Contemporary American Fiction)
English Creek (Contemporary American Fiction)
"Along with Guthrie and Maclean, Doig is one of Montana's favorite sons, writing both historical and modern fiction. This novel, set in 1939, is volume 1 of his Montana Trilogy."
Winter in the Blood (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
Winter in the Blood (Contemporary American Fiction Series)
"Montana's best-known Native American novelist tells of a young Indian shifting between home on the reservation and bars in town until he learns something important about who he is."
The Blind Corral (Contemporary American fiction)
The Blind Corral (Contemporary American fiction)
"Beer's finely chiseled prose style is perfect for this melancholic novel of a man's return to the family ranch near Helena and a winter of discontent as he looks after his dying grandfather."
Winter Wheat
Winter Wheat
"Set in 1940, this novel tells the story of a young woman growing up in the dryland wheat country of central Montana. Published in 1944, the book was nominated for the National Book Award."
Where the Sea Used to Be
Where the Sea Used to Be
"The author, an environmental activist and nature writer, has made a home in the far northwestern corner of Montana near the Canadian border."
The Bushwhacked Piano
The Bushwhacked Piano
"The author's uproarious, satirical novels of modern-day Montana have entertained readers for many years. This is an early one, published in 1971. McGuane is a resident of Bozeman, MT."
Montana 1948: A Novel
Montana 1948: A Novel
"In this novel, the son of a small-town sheriff finds his family torn apart by scandal during the summer of 1948. The book was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize."
Half in Love: Stories
Half in Love: Stories
"This is a collection of 14 short stories, most of them set in the West. Meloy's characters inhabit a modern-day Montana where people are frequently tested by loneliness and poor luck."
Rock Springs
Rock Springs
"A Pulitzer prize winner (for "Independence Day" in 1996), Ford sets this collection of beautifully written, thoughtful stories in Montana."
The Falling Boy: A Novel
The Falling Boy: A Novel
"Set in Montana from 1952-1961, Long's novel explores the emotional life of a young construction worker who marries, fathers a couple of kids, and then finds himself drawn to his wife's sister."
The Best Short Stories of William Kittredge
The Best Short Stories of William Kittredge
"A collection of 13 short stories, set in Montana and the Great Basin, about rough, ready, and down-and-out characters by a writer who grew up on an Oregon ranch and adopted Montana as his home."
In Open Spaces
In Open Spaces
"The author has written a family saga set in the ranch country of southeast Montana. The story is told by the third son, who gives up a baseball career to help run the ranch."
The Power of the Dog : A Novel
The Power of the Dog : A Novel
"Two brothers in an uneasy relationship on a Montana ranch in the 1920s. This 1967 novel has been reissued with an afterword by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Annie Proulx."
Lambing Out and Other Stories
Lambing Out and Other Stories
"A collection of 7 short stories that explore the subjects of violence and personal hardships in a harsh environment."
As Cool As I Am: A Novel
As Cool As I Am: A Novel
"A coming of age story set in Great Falls, Montana. The heroine is 16-year-old Lucy, looking for someone who, unlike her father, will stick by her."
Perma Red
Perma Red
"Explores Native American life in the tiny town of Perma, MT, through the adventures of the restless Louise White Elk. Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association Award, 2003."
Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Novel
Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Novel
"Psychological study of a man confined to a wheelchair in a Montana group home after suffering a brain injury in a rock-climbing accident, unable to care for himself or control his impulses."
The Light of Falling Stars
The Light of Falling Stars
"Follows the lives of several residents of the small town of Marshall, Montana, after a plane crashes in some woods on the outskirts of town."
Travers Corners: Classic Stories about Fly Fishing and a Small Montana Town
Travers Corners: Classic Stories about Fly Fishing and a Small Montana Town
"Engaging, humorous stories about the inhabitants of a small Montana town. Followed up by more in  "Return to Travers Corners" (2002)."
Every Man's Hand: A Novel
Every Man's Hand: A Novel
"Story of a college drop-out in Butte, MT, who gets a job as a driver for an 80-year-old blind German actress."
Crazy for Trying
Crazy for Trying
"Set in Helena, MT, in 1979, this is a story of a young woman who discovers a new identity as a late night rock and roll DJ."
Sweet Hearts
Sweet Hearts
"Downbeat novel of two Montana teenagers, descendants of Crow Indians, on the run from the law."
Nine Below Zero
Nine Below Zero
"A Native American carpenter and recovering alcoholic gets involved with the wayward, unhappily married granddaughter of a Montana senator."
Red Rover
Red Rover
"A haunting novel of love, friendship and faith about two brothers who grow up on the prairies of pre–WWII Montana."
Winter Range: A Novel
Winter Range: A Novel
"A sheriff in a modern-day ranching community must decide whether to enforce the law when a young rancher runs out of money and allows his cattle to starve. Matters are complicated by the sheriff's wife being formerly involved with the rancher in question. Emotionally raw and beautifully written."
An Obituary for Major Reno (Tom Doherty Associates Books)
An Obituary for Major Reno (Tom Doherty Associates Books)
"Excellent historical novel about the Battle of the Little Big Horn as told through the eyes of one of the commanding officers whose companies survived."