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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Doig Narrator: Ivan Doig Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This House of Sky is the moving chronicle of Ivan Doig’s youth growing up in Montana. At age six, his mother died, leaving his father, rancher and cowboy, Charlie Doig, and maternal grandmother, the stalwart Bessie Ringer, to raise him. Times were hard; work was difficult; poverty always shadowed them. But drawing on their strong love and gritty determination, they find the strength to withstand these difficult circumstances. They are, Doig reflects, relics of an earlier time and a different lifestyle—uncomplaining, unquestioning, accepting the western land with all its hardships and beauty.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 2/20/2014

    " This is an absolutely beautifully written memoir. Ivan Doig was raised in Montana by his single father and his grandmother (the mother of his deceased mother) during the waning days of small time ranching and sheepherding in Montana. His father represents the last of that era. Doig's description of his father's and grandmother's hardscrabble life, set against the harsh, yet sometimes sublime, landscape is both fascinating and moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Stephanie | 1/29/2014

    " Loved this book! It's about my homeland - Montana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Peacock | 1/25/2014

    " It took me awhile to get into Doig's language, but once I did I was swept into this world. I found this book moving and haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly | 1/22/2014

    " Touching memoir of a boy growing up in rural Montana, raised by his father and grandmother, who lovingly recounts the environment & life that made him who he is. Descriptive, solidly paced, and thoroughly transports you to these little towns and their people. "

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