The Names of the Stars


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From the author of Indian Creek Chronicles and winner of 5 PNBA Awards comes a new memoir of his exploration of fatherhood, mortality, and the risks and rewards of a life lived at the wild edges.

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PETE FROMM is a five-time winner of the PNBA Award for his novels If Not For This, As Cool as I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool as I Am was released in 2013. He is also written 4 other story collections and has published over 200 stories in magazines. He is on the faculty of Oregon's Pacific University's Low-Residency MFA program and lives in Montana.


"Pete Fromm may crave solitude but he's delightful company on the page. "The Names of the Stars" is an inspiring book brimming with wilderness adventures and executed with a pleasing mix of action, observation and rumination. In Fromm's hands, a violent rainstorm reads like a transcendent gift and a face-to-face bear encounter like good comedy. I finished his memoir admiring not only his lucid prose but the wild life he's chosen." - Jim Lynch, author of Before the Wind "With The Names of the Stars, Pete Fromm's tough, supple, and lyrical prose shows, once again, the depth of his wisdom and the size of his heart. As a reflection on the natural world, which seems so remote to so many of us, there is much to learn; as an honest memoir of a man at the plumb-center of his life, there is much to recognize. Fromm's return from a Life in the Wilds has in no way tamed his talent." - Lance Weller, author of Wilderness Fromm's finely tuned reflections on this small but fully inhabited piece of the backwoods make this an adventure worth savoring. - Kirkus Reviews on The Names of the Stars [Fromm is] an excellent observer of the woods and wildlife around him, but he's perhaps even better at chronicling the feeling of being alone in the wilderness... His humor and honesty about the push and pull between solitude and togetherness and the mysterious way that both experiences magnify the other, make Stars a compelling walk through the woods. -- The Montana Standard The Names of the Stars is a beautiful tribute to that urgent, visceral feeling that means we are still alive in this wild, wild world. This book will be savored by all those who cannot live without wild things.--Montana Quarterly [The Names of the Stars] is both triumphant and melancholy, the realization that you might be able to have everything you want, but not always at the same time. The Names of the Stars is a coming-of-age book for adults; it is a tightrope walk between holding on to who you are and letting go a little for something you love even more. --Kenyon Review Like his first memoir, The Names of the Stars is infused with Fromm's exuberant passion for the natural world, his deep attention to the pulse and mystery that surrounds him. --Lively Times

Although Pete Fromm's new memoir, The Names of the Stars, is set in a place familiar to the author -- a burlychunk of Montana wilderness -- its narrative captures him at a point in life that contrasts with the youthful whimsy of his only other memoir, Indian Creek Chronicles.... [Fromm] has sharpened his craft as a writer --Flathead Beacon

More than a wilderness adventure... Fromm's easy pose is akin to other great outdoor writers, particularly John Gierach. --Hungry Horse News

A vivid memoir. --Sierra Club Magazine "Honest, lyrical, and full of a kind of an ineffable wonder. Anyone who has ever loved a place truly will surely love this book." --Pam Houston on Indian Creek Chronicles Pete Fromm is a talent to watch.--Ivan Doig

I read Pete Fromm with admiration for the vigor of his well-made writing and for his generous heart. - Tom McGuane Pete Fromm's good work is our good fortune.--William Kittredge Fromm is not just 'promising, ' he's flat-out good.--Men's Journal

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