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Western Americana

Dancing at the Rascal Fair: The Central Volume in the Montana Trilogy

 
 
Author
Ivan Doig.
Publisher Scribner  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780684831053
Pages/Publication Date 406/2003
Daedalus Item Code 61834
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This second, central volume in Ivan Doig's Montana trilogy looks back to the American frontier just before the 20th century, and the saga of immigrants and land-seekers who tried to start new lives in the foothills of the Rockies. The story becomes a fateful contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill, divided by their obligations and their competing families as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutally beautiful Two Medicine country. One of our favorite writers here at Daedalus, Doig was variously a ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor, as well as the author of This House of Sky (a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction) and a number of rich, almost mythic novels about the history of Montana. "Doig's prose is so muscular and sculpted, so simple and purposeful," said Henry Kaisor in the Chicago Sun-Times, "that I can think only of Edward Hoagland and Wallace Stegner as Doig's equals."

"Against this masterfully evoked backdrop, Mr. Doig addresses his real subject: love between friends, between the sexes, between the generations.... His is a prose as tight as a new thread and as special as handmade candy.... Dancing at the Rascal Fair races with real vigor and wit and passion."—NYTBR

"I find myself filled with such high praise for this book that instead of relating paltry bits of it, I want to quote the whole glorious thing.... Doig plunges right in and, while giving us a gorgeous story, simultaneously peels that tale back to expose the nubbins of human despair—injustice, failure, and that incalculable restlessness exemplified by the immigrant."—SFChronicle

 
 
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