All But the Waltz: A Memoir of Five Generations in the Life of a Montana Family

by Mary Clearman Blew

Paperback, 2001




University of Oklahoma Press (2001), Edition: 1St Edition, 240 pages


In language reminiscent of the wild beauty of Big Sky Country, Mary Clearman Blew gives us a glimpse into the lives of her family as she traces their connection to Montana?s natural and human landscape. Beginning with her great-grandparents? arrival in 1882 in Montana--still a territory then--Blew relates the stories that make up her life.


½ (11 ratings; 3.6)

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LibraryThing member TimBazzett
Mary Clearman Blew pulls no punches in telling the story of the Hogeland and the Welch families and the tellingly tough times they faced in frontier Montana from the turn of the twentieth century onward. Drought, the Depression, inexperience, madness, bitterly cold winters and dust storms all
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conspire against these families, and yet they somehow managed to persevere, if not to prosper, at least to survive. Blew's finely wrought essays weave a tapestry that brings these people to life, from 1900 right up to the present day. Her own difficult marriages and fierce, almost ruthless, determination to succeed are not spared in the telling. This is one helluva good read, one which I will recommend highly. I have nothing but admiration for Mary Clearman Blew, both as a writer and as a woman.
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LibraryThing member mahallett
i would like to have given more stars. the last chapter was excellent. the stories of her family were great but she jumped around so much that i got confused. anyone reading my reviews would send me for a dementia check but i like a story to proceed from a to b rather than a to d to m to c to b
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to…………. i would pick up the book and have no idea who these people were.
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Physical description

240 p.; 5.25 inches


080613321X / 9780806133218


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