By Mary Clearman Blew
In language similar to the wild fantastic thing about monstrous Sky kingdom, Mary Clearman Blew supplies us a glimpse into the lives of her kin as she lines their connection to Montana’s typical and human panorama. starting along with her great-grandparents’ arrival in 1882 in Montana--still a territory then--Blew relates the tales that make up her life.
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Extra resources for All but the Waltz: A Memoir of Five Generations in the Life of a Montana Family
I I I I I I I I felt as ragged as the birch leaves, but I had a child to support. By 1987, I had left Montana and moved to Idaho, on the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers, where the narrow gorge of the Lolo Pass spreads out beyond the soft hills of the Palouse and the Camas Prairie into the bare gray bluffs of the westward-seeking Columbia. With the Continental Divide at my back, a buffer against the high plains 1 8 Mary Clearman Blew that had claimed half my life, I settled into this new terrain with my daughter.
Where was his ending? Sitting there in the circle of lamplight with the hum of the computer and the glow of its screen, I studied my greatgrandfather's handwriting and saw a word swim up. No, that mark is a caret. He has written between the lines. And his next few words are scribbled over the embossed reverse side of the postmark. I can't make them out. Never mind, push ahead. You can always come back to it. -through clefts in the- No, this is impossible, and the embossed spot is coming up again.
Though he nearly drives me crazy when he comes to the bottom of his insideout envelope and breaks off just as he reaches the crux of his Reading Abraham 29 narrative, I think some of his most zestful prose springs from his fly fishing for rainbow trout in a stream that one day will be nationally famous: . . in that deepest blue spot just where you see that big rush of the under tow as it rolls to the top and turns a summersault is where I hooked the big trout last week. Just between the summit and the swirl I dropped my fly and let it float I had floated to the end of my line and just as I started to raise the pole he took the bait.