A young sheriff and a hardened killer form an uneasy and complicated bond in this mesmerizing first novel set on the plains of Montana
Steeped in a lonesome Montana landscape as unyielding and raw as it is beautiful, Kim Zupan's The Ploughmen is a new classic in the literature of the American West.
At the center of this searing, fever dream of a novel are two men—a killer awaiting trial, and a troubled young deputy—sitting across from each other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: John Gload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff’s department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload’s arrest. With a disintegrating marriage further collapsing under the strain of his night duty, Millimaki finds himself seeking counsel from a man whose troubled past shares something essential with his own. Their uneasy friendship takes a startling turn with a brazen act of violence that yokes together two haunted souls by the secrets they share, and by the rugged country that keeps them.
Stirring black-and-white photographs of spectators and participants provide an unsentimental, hometown view of Montana's small-town rodeo circuit. For anyone who ever wanted to be a cowgirl or cowboy -- or for anyone just in love with the West -- this book will bring to you the sound of pounding hooves, the slap of leather, the smell of dust and of cheering crowds. Introduction by Kim Zupan.
Montana probably has more good writers per capita than any other state, and the editors should know: Kittredge was an editor of the monumental anthology The Last Best Place (1988) and Allison Morris Jones was editor of the respected Big Sky Journal. For this collection of 21 "fairly recent" short stories, they've chosen both modern classics and some that should be, including Zupan's "The Mourning of Ignacio Rosa."
More than thirty short stories, novel excerpts, memoirs, and personal essays from a new wave of Montana writers. Includes celebrated writers such as Deirdre McNamer, David Long, Ralph Beer, and Maile Meloy together with "prodigiously talented" fresh new voices including Kim Zupan and more. A wonderful Montana anthology that enriches and deepens Montana's powerful storytelling tradition.
The drama, danger, and energy of the hunt are unsurpassed as inspiration for short-story writers, many of whom have been fine hunters themselves. This collection spans the full range of the 20th century and boasts many prize-winning authors and stories, including Wallace Stegner’s “The Blue-Winged Teal,” Thomas McGuane’s “Sportsmen,” and Lawrence Sargent Hall’s “The Ledge,” as well as Ernest Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” and other riveting selections including "A Last Low Pass" by Kim Zupan.
A collection of fiction pieces and essays that appeared in Montana's Big Sky Journal giving voice to the unique voices of some of the West's finest writers, including Rick Bass, Denis Johnson, Ralph Beer, William Kittredge, Allen Jones, and Kim Zupan.