A third-generation Montanan, Ivan Doig grew up along the Rocky Mountain Front, the dramatic landscape that has inspired much of his writing. A former ranch hand, newspaperman, and magazine editor, with a Ph.D. in history to boot, Doig is the author of 15 previous novels, most recently Sweet Thunder and The Bartender's Tale, and three works of nonfiction, including his classic first book, This House of Sky. He has been a National Book Award finalist and has received the Wallace Stegner Award, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association, and multiple PBNA Awards, among other honors. He lives in Seattle.