Episode Thirty-One: Elise Atchison and Thomas McGuane
Elise Atchison’s debut novel, Crazy Mountain, was the recipient of the Eludia Award, an award given to first-time women novelists over forty. She worked for over ten years on this book, which features a completely different point of view for each chapter. The novel takes place in a fictional region where the typical struggle is playing out between people who have lived in the region want to preserve what they have while outsiders move in with the idea of developing the area for their own purposes.
And for this episode, we are breaking away from our normal format a little by featuring a second writer who is still with us. Tom McGuane is one of the most highly regarded writers in America, and has lived in Paradise Valley since the ’70s. Although much of his later work takes place in Montana, we chose an earlier novel, Panama, that is set in Key West, Florida, and tells the story of a man struggling to find meaning in a life most people would dream of.
We’d like to thank our sponsor Isle of Books, which now has a new location in Bozeman, as well as a location in Butte. And we are grateful to the Montana Arts Council for providing us with an American Rescue Plan Act grant.