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Mine might have been a simple, pretty story, if not for the wolves. In late July, they emerged from the foothills.

In this gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives, and their ultimate collision, Bryce Andrews describes life on the remote, windswept Sun Ranch in southwest Montana. The Sun’s 20,000 acres of rangeland occupy a still-wild corner of southwest Montana—a high valley surrounded by mountain ranges and steep creeks with portentous names like Grizzly, Dead Man, and Bad Luck. Just over the border from Yellowstone National Park, the Sun holds giant herds of cattle and elk amid many predators, including bears, mountain lions, and wolves. In lyrical, haunting language, Andrews recounts marathon days and nights of building fences, riding, roping, and otherwise learning the hard business of caring for cattle, an initiation that changes him from an idealistic city kid into a skilled ranch hand. But when wolves suddenly begin killing the ranch’s cattle, Andrews has to shoulder a rifle, chase the pack, and do what he’d hoped he would never have to do.

Badluck Way is about transformation, complications, and living with dirty hands every day. It is about the hard choices that wake us at night and take a lifetime to reconcile. Above all, Badluck Way celebrates the breathtaking beauty of wilderness and the satisfaction of hard work on some of the harshest, most beautiful land in the world. Badluck Way is the memorable story of one young man’s rebirth in the crucible of the West’s timeless landscape, a place at the center of the heart’s geography, savage and gorgeous in equal measure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A taut depiction of ranch life that balances ranchers’ concern for their domestic animals with his own appreciation of the wild ones nearby.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Andrews’ … poetically rendered portrait of the wolf pack working the edges of the ranch provides a counterpoint to the humdrum reality of his daily chores. His extended meditation on the pack is also the scaffolding for the book’s design. The wolves’ tale is in italics, providing a visual voice. Badluck Way is a beautiful book.”

    Oregonian (Portland, OR)

  • “This book will make you have deep thoughts about our relationships with the land, nature, and animals.”

    Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

  • “This memoir of life as a contemporary, ecologically minded Montana cowboy is heartfelt. Andrews’ language often sings. Told in a refined version of a campfire ghost story, his narrative took my breath away.”

    Jana Harris, author of Horses Never Lie about Love

  • “Andrews paints the rural landscape with such precision that the land becomes its own character, and his story [is] a finely tuned love song for the West.”

    Booklist

  • “An evocative, poetic account of rugged terrain, the men and animals who inhabited it, and the complex realities of sustainable agriculture.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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