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“Mine might have been a simple, pretty story, if not for the wolves. In late July, they emerged from the foothills . . .”

In this gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives and ultimate collision, Bryce Andrews describes life on the remote, windswept Sun Ranch in southwest Montana. The Sun’s twenty thousand acres of rangeland occupy a still-wild corner of southwest Montana—a high valley surrounded by mountain ranges and steep creeks with portentous names like Grizzly, Dead Man, and Bad Luck. Just over the border from Yellowstone National Park, the Sun holds giant herds of cattle and elk amid many predators—bears, mountain lions, and wolves. In lyrical, haunting language, Andrews recounts marathon days and nights of building fences, riding, roping, and otherwise learning the hard business of caring for cattle, an initiation that changes him from an idealistic city kid into a skilled ranch hand. But when wolves suddenly begin killing the ranch’s cattle, Andrews has to shoulder a rifle, chase the pack, and do what he’d hoped he would never have to do.

Badluck Way is about transformation and complications, about living with dirty hands every day. It is about the hard choices that wake us at night and take a lifetime to reconcile. Above all, Badluck Way celebrates the breathtaking beauty of wilderness and the satisfaction of hard work on some of the harshest, most beautiful land in the world. Called “an important meditation on what it means to share space and breathe the same air as truly wild animals” (Tom Groneberg, author of The Secret Life of Cowboys), Badluck Way is the memorable story of one young man’s rebirth in the crucible of the West’s timeless landscape, a place at the center of the heart’s geography, savage and gorgeous in equal measure.

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ISBN 9781476710839
Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Environmentalists & Naturalists
Format Hardcover
Pages 238
Publisher Date 2014-01-07 00:00:00.0
Publisher Atria Books
Copyright Year 2014
Height 9.5 in
Wdth 6.25 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.06 lb
Language English
Subtitle A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West
Audience General/trade
Authors Andrews, Bryce
Country of Origin United States

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  • Great Read, Informative and Gripping!

    Andrews uses clear and beautifully descriptive language to really bring the reader into his experiences giving a first hand look at life on a large ranch on the edge of the wilderness. The interplay of the wolf activity running parallel with his own up to their meeting gives some insight into both perspectives. This book is a good start to helping people understand the complexities and importance of maintaining a healthy relationship between the people, wildlife and the land - there are compromises made on all sides.

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