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Ivan Doig Books In Order

Publication Order of Montana Trilogy Books

English Creek (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dancing At the Rascal Fair (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ride with Me, Mariah Montana (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Whistling Season Books

The Whistling Season (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Work Song (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Sea Runners (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bucking the Sun (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mountain Time (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prairie Nocturne (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eleventh Man (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bartender's Tale (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweet Thunder (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Bus to Wisdom (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Riverhead Books Fall 2013 Insider (with Daniel Alarcón, Riverhead Books, Wil S Hylton and David Schickler) (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non Fiction Books

News, a Consumer's Guide (with Carol Doig) (1972) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Utopian America (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This House of Sky (1978) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter Brothers (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inside This House of Sky (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heart Earth (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Ivan Doig was an author and American author and was widely known for his non-fiction and sixteen books that have been mostly set in the Montana region, which celebrates the people and landscapes of the post-war American. With settings ranging from Alaska’s coast to the Rock Mountain Front, Oregon, Puget Sound. The Chicago Tribune notes that Doug on the immigrant families, miners, dedicated schoolteachers, town builders and fur trappers. He also talks in his books about the uncertainties of love and friendship, forest fires and blizzards. With that said, Doug was born in the White Sulphur Springs of Montana to Benita Ringer Doig and Charles Doig, a ranch hand.

After the demise of his mother, Doig moved with his grandmother and father on a number of jobs which were the same as sharecropping. Eventually, they moved to Dupuyer, Montana where he herded sheep close to the mountain. At a tender age, Doig used to read comic books, magazines such as Colliers, sports pages, and comics. Doig eventually graduated from Valier High School which is located in Valier, Montana. Doig attained first a Bachelor’s degree before proceeding on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. His master’s degree thesis was on the televised congressional hearing on the various organized crime. Later on, he was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in American History.

Ian Doig

Individuals who influenced his writing career included his high school Latin and English teachers. Doig used to reside with his wife Carol who worked as a University professor. Before he became a novelist, Dog used to write for various magazines and newspapers. He also worked at the United States Forest service. Doig also worked as an editor for the Lindsay-Schaub newspaper located in Illinois. He also served as an editor for the Rotarian Magazine. The western people and landscape all play an important role in Ivan Doig’s works. The major theme in most of his works is family life. He also mixes it with regional history and personal memory. Ivan Doig is one of the most successful writers. In the year 2007, Doig was awarded the Wallace Stegner Award and was also named as a historian and novelist.

English Creek

English Creek is the story about a boy who is awakening to maturity. During his 15th birthday, the boy together with McCaskill starts to experience new awareness. The awareness is about the history of the boy together with his relationship with the family members and friends. The boy’s sense of security is endangered when his bigger brother goes against the orders of his parents and takes in a local beauty. He also instead of joining college becomes a cowboy. When an unexpected changes happen, Jick is challenged in news ways that he never thought would. All in all, Doig is a great storyteller, who has a gentle and fluid voice.

In this book, he transports the reader to the year 1939. All his characters are exceedingly great, and his sense of humor is rather immense. Doig’s description of the years of depression in the Montana region is rather fascinating. This is true, one of the best books that you, are going to read.

Dancing at the Rascal Fair

This is a sad story about loss, love, and betrayal. It is the story about two friends, Rob and Angus, who were initially from Scotland but later on migrated to Montana in the year 1880, to become ranchers, fathers, and husbands. The story begins as this man are young with noble ideas and dreams. It follows them as they grow up and try to build their families. The author does an excellent job of describing the beauty of the Montana landscapes in all of its moods and seasons. Doig also does an excellent job of enticing the readers, page after page with the use of poetic prose. With that said, the manner in which Doig presents the characters is amazing and will unquestionably surprise you.

Ride With Me, Mariah Montana

This is the third book in the Montana series by Ian Doig. Ian is exceedingly great at storytelling. You can tell this by looking at the first rate dialogue and the plotting. Ride with Me is an exceedingly important work in the American fiction. This novel is all about character, family together with the land in which they inhabit and cultivate. It is also about how everyone is affected by the Europeans who reside within the northern Montana. This book is quite moving in a rather unaffected and profound manner. All the characters in this book, including the minor players together with memories make this book a once in a life time experience.

This book is not affected by the fact that Doig acquired his Ph.D. in American history and also served as a journalist who used to publish poems. Everything described in the book feels right. The author does an excellent job in explaining the complex thoughts, actions, and emotions with a deep understanding of the matter and love of the language without being turgid or sappy. While writing this book, Jick had just turned 65 years of age and had just become a widower. However, Jick is not a lost soul. He is still reevaluating his prospects and roles in life. Accompanied by his daughter and ex-husband, they embark on a long trip up and down, back and forth Montana. The three cross paths the way all families do, however, this is not an opera. As a matter of fact, this book is about the power of revelation and memory. With that being said, this is a truly old-fashioned and excellent work by a professional who has a deep understanding of the Montana-North.

Whistling Season

Being a fine writer, in this book Ivan tells the story of a widower who lives with three sons on a dry farm which is located in rural Montana. He notices an advertisement presented by a woman who lives in the East and is looking for a housekeeping job. The woman is also more than willing to relocate to Montana. The advertisement clearly states that the woman does not know how to cook and she does not bite. Eventually, Rose relocates to Montana to serve as housekeeper for Millirons. She also brings her brother along with her. This is an exceedingly fine set for what was later to become a series of predictable scenarios for a less experienced writer.

However, the author does an excellent job. The Whistling Season is a reverence to the simplicity of the past. The author does an excellent job of painting the beautiful landscapes of Montana. This is a charming story about imperfect people.

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