English Creek

English Creek

In this prizewinning portrait of a time and place -- Montana in the 1930s -- that at once inspires and fulfills a longing for an explicable past, Ivan Doig has created one of the most captivating families in American fiction, the McCaskills.
The witty and haunting narration, a masterpiece of vernacular in the tradition of Twain, follows the events of the Two Medicine country's summer: the tide of sheep moving into the high country, the capering Fourth of July rodeo and community dance, and an end-of-August forest fire high in the Rockies that brings the book, as well as the McCaskill family's struggle within itself, to a stunning climax. It is a season of escapade as well as drama, during which fourteen-year-old Jick comes of age. Through his eyes we see those nearest and dearest to him at a turning point -- "where all four of our lives made their bend" -- and discover along with him his own connection to the land, to history, and to the deep-fathomed mysteries of one's kin and one's self.
  • Scribner | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743271271 | 
  • June 2005

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About the Author

Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig (1939-2015) grew up in a family of Montana ranch hands during the 1940s and fifties. He is the author of eleven books, including Last Bus to Wisdom, published posthumously. Visit the author’s website at IvanDoig.com.

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