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This was a really interesting book for me. Blew's characters and landscapes are always familiar to me and I enjoyed much of this collection. It was, however, one of the darkest reads I've had in a long time, especially the title story. I read it when I was pregnant, so that probably didn't help, but I don't remember ever being quite as disturbed a piece of fiction: that the protagonist contemplates/does? kill her young children was too much for me. The lightest story-funniest-is the last and ...more
Mary Clearman Blew is the author of the acclaimed essay collection All but the Waltz and the memoir Balsamroot. She is the editor of When Montana and I Were Young: A Memoir of a Frontier Childhood, available in a Bison Books edition. Her most recent novel, Jackalope Dreams, is also available in a Bison Books edition. She is a professor of English at the University of Idaho and has twice won the ...moreMore about Mary Clearman Blew...