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Hole in the Sky: A Memoir
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William Kittredge's stunning memoir is at once autobiography, a family chronicle, and a Westerner's settling of accounts with the land he grew up in. This is the story of a grandfather whose single-minded hunger for property won him a ranch the size of Delaware but estranged him from his family; of a father who farmed with tractors and drainage ditches but consorted with movie stars; and of Kittredge himself, who was raised by cowboys and saw them become obsolete, who floundered through three marriages, hard drinking, and madness before becoming a writer. Host hauntingly, Hole in the Sky is an honest reckoning of the American myth that drove generations of Americans westward -- and what became of their dream after they reached the edge.
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William Kittredge is the author, The Willow Field, The Nature of Generosity, among others, and, with Annick Smith, he edited The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology. He grew up in Oregon and now lives in Missoula, Montana, where for many years he taught at the University of Montana.

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Autobiography/Memoir "A pleasure to read ... [Kittredge] has written a remarkably frank account of his own life, and at every stage it was interesting.... You will not have read another Western like this." -- Washington Post Book World "A grand and true story by one of our finest writers." -- Annie Dillard "The story of the Kittredges ... intersects mightily with the myth of American expansion and 'improvement' of the 'wilderness.'... a valuable memoir that should be read with care ... [Kittredge's] voice should be a prophetic one." Chicago Tribune

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