Hole in the Sky: A Memoir

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 22, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
William Kittredge's stunning memoir is at once autobiography, a family chronicle, and a Westerner's settling of accounts with the land he grew up in. This is the story of a grandfather whose single-minded hunger for property won him a ranch the size of Delaware but estranged him from his family; of a father who farmed with tractors and drainage ditches but consorted with movie stars; and of Kittredge himself, who was raised by cowboys and saw them become obsolete, who floundered through three marriages, hard drinking, and madness before becoming a writer. Host hauntingly, Hole in the Sky is an honest reckoning of the American myth that drove generations of Americans westward -- and what became of their dream after they reached the edge.
 

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A sobering and obsessive but richly imaged family/self- portrait from Kittredge (We Are Not in This Together, 1984), scion of prominent tamers of the southeastern Oregon wilderness, who treats his ... Read full review

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Kittredge's ( Owning It All , LJ 8/87) breathless and elliptical memoir, set largely in the cattle country of southern Oregon, illuminates a unique struggle of the American West between fealty toward ... Read full review

Contents

Falling
3
Territory
12
The Shattered Piano w 0
30
Interlude 33
67
The Promise of Generations l
105
Who Owns the Ylest?
145
Paradise All Around
221
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William Kittredge is the author, The Willow Field, The Nature of Generosity, among others, and, with Annick Smith, he edited The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology. He grew up in Oregon and now lives in Missoula, Montana, where for many years he taught at the University of Montana.

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