This House of Sky

by Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig

Ivan Doig was born in White Sulphur Springs, in Montana's Smith River Valley, to a family of homesteaders and ranch workers. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington, and has authored more than a dozen novels and works of non-fiction.

Published in 1978, This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind is a memoir of Doig's hardscrabble childhood on ranches and in small towns along the Rocky Mountain Front. A finalist for the National Book Award, This House of Sky and Doig's other works earned him a lifetime Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association in 1989.

Doig has written, "I don’t think of myself as a 'Western' writer. To me, language—the substance on the page, that poetry under the prose—is the ultimate 'region,' the true home, for a writer."

While the settings in This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind clearly reference actual locales, it is understood that the book—including its places—is ultimately the product of the author's imagination. The intent of this literary map is to enrich the reading experience by interpreting those places, not to render them literally or definitively.