Ivan Doig's memoir shares the experiences and culture that shaped his early years and made him fall in love with the West. From his childhood in a family of homesteaders through the death of his mother and his move to Montana to herd sheep, Doig shows his intimate connection with the American West.
My, oh my! Ivan Doig, always a master of lovely prose, applies his gift to his autobiography. The reader is immersed in the landscape of Montana and it's reflection in the Doig family's life. It is noble, human, gritty, grueling, and full of deep love. A treasure!
Young love prevailed and the two were married.
Unfortunately, one of young Ivan's first memories at six years old was that of his mother dying from asthma.
It was left to Charlie Doig to provide a future for his son from the often meager funds of a cowboy and ranch hand and as a single father.
After a failed marriage trying to provide his son with a mother, he eventually approached his widowed mother-in-law, Bessie Ringer, to live with them. Bessie and Charlie had open suspicion and downright dislike between them, but they were united in their love for Ivan, and their commitment to him.
This is a story of growing up in the 40's and 50's on ranches in Montana; where money was scarce, but family feelings were strong.
As always, Doig's prose is beautiful and compelling. Beautiful word-pictures of the Montana landscape, family life and Doig's realization that he was meant to be a writer.