Mary Clearman Blew grew up on a small Montana ranch, an upbringing that informs much of her work. Her short stories have featured in the Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Prize anthologies. Received the Western Literature Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. American Westerner.
"Nearly seventy years later, I look back on that time and think how heartbreakingly young my mother and father were in 1944, with their two small daughters and their debt and their plans to deepened their roots on land where gnarled posts had been set and barbed wire strung on line fences by my great-grandfather and his sons, and where peonies and hollyhocks planted by my great-grandmother still bloomed every summer around the steps of the log ranch house where my father had been born."