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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,280 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Doig Narrator: Robert Ian MacKenzie Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Montana Trilogy Release Date:
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Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land. Download and start listening now!

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  • Magnificent … Dancing at the Rascal Fair establishes its author in the front ranks of contemporary American writers. Seattle Times

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christina | 2/12/2014

    " This is the "central" or second-written book in Doig's Montana Trilogy, but within the trilogy's chronology it's a prequel to English Creek -- telling the story of the beginning of the McCaskill family in Montana. It starts with Angus' immigration from Scotland in 1889 and covers until 1919. Angus and his friend Rob both emigrate as 19 year olds, and much of the book is about how their friendship changes over the years. We also get a complete picture of the town they settle in, the people in the town, the early days of homesteading in that area, and their constant struggles with the harsh but beautiful landscape. Doig's style is lyrical and colloquial at the same time, and the characters' voices really came through the in the dialogue (Angus and Lucas, especially). The plot's pace was faster than English Creek, which I appreciated, and it was fun to see the earlier versions of many of the characters from that book. It's hard to articulate why I liked this book so much... I was in the mood for this era of history, I'm still in my "mountain obsessing phase", I loved the writing, became invested in the characters and what happened to them, the story was emotionally resonant... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lea | 2/11/2014

    " This book has stayed with me over the years. It's one I wished I'd experienced myself, or I feel like I did, like it's my own story. It became part of me. One of the best books I've ever read, period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tamra | 2/8/2014

    " Didn't really care for this book. Too much detail, the story kind of dragged for me and I just had a hard time really liking or caring about the characters. My friend really, really wanted me to read it. He just knew "I'd loved it." I didn't. I may just tell a little white lie and tell him I liked it a little more than I actually did. Does that make me a liar or a good friend? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy Halsan | 2/2/2014

    " Doig is a wonerful story teller. I've read 2 of his books this summer. Dancing at the Rascal Fair tells the story of the Scottish Immigrants to Montana. It is the earliest story of his Montana Trilogy. Loved it! "

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