Book Review of
This House of Sky
Ivan Doig grew up in the rugged wilderness of western Montana among the sheepherders and denizens of small-town saloons and valley ranches. What he deciphers from his past with piercing clarity is not only a raw sense of land and how it shapes us but also of the ties to our mothers and fathers, to those who love us, and our inextricable connection to those who shaped our values in our search for intimacy, independence, love, and family. A powerfully told story, This House of Sky is at once especially American and universal in its ability to awaken a longing for an explicable past.
This House of Sky was the book I choose for the state of Montana for my books for every state challenge. This is another book that I really enjoyed, but never would have picked up if it had not been for this challenge. The challenge forced me outside of my normal reading, and this book is an example of that. The style of This House of Sky is slower paced but well done. The writing and descriptions of life in Montana was so realistic. It shares the struggles of the rural western life. Growing up without a mother and the struggles of growing up in general. If you want to learn more about life in the American west this is a good read.