Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML: Ivan Doig grew up with only a vague memory of his mother, Berneta, who died on his sixth birthday. Then he discovered a cache of her lettersâ??and through them, a spunky, passionate, can-do woman as at home in the saddle as behind a sewing machine, and as in love with language as Doig would prove to be. In this moving prequel to his acclaimed memoir This House of Sky, Doig brings to life his childhood before his mother's death and the family's journey from the Montana mountains to the Arizona desert and back again. He eloquently captures the texture of the American West during and after World War II, the fortune of a family, and one woman's indomitable spirit.
This book is the prequel to Doigâ€™s memoir, House of Sky. It tells the story of Doigâ€™s mother, Berneta Ringer Doig, in the year immediately prior to her death when
It is based on letters written by Berneta to her brother who was serving in WWll aboard the USS Ault. Many years after her death and after the publication of This House of Sky, Doigâ€™s uncle gave these previously unknown letters to Doig. So we see the events described in this book both through the memories of a small sensitive boy whose only companions were grownups and the boyâ€™s mother.
Berneta battled both asthma and the hardships of a remote, hardscrabble sheep ranch; her love of words shine through the letters she wrote sixty years earlier and through her sonâ€™s memories.
Doig marvels that although he lost his mother at such a young age, he finds such pieces of his motherâ€™s soul in his own.
This book is a wonderful portrait of a family enduring hard times and is well worth the read.
This is a short book and a fairly quick read. I really liked this a lot. It stirs one's soul a bit. The language in here is kind of fun to chew on. I haven't read one of Doig's novels in a long time. I need to work on that.