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Richard Ford
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Joe Brinson was sixteen when his family moved to Great Falls, Montana, in 1960. Still young, his father and mother were following opportunity, much as they always had, with their deepest loyalties intact. Here, on the edge of the Great Plains, they were together, the three of them, hopeful and expectant.

The story Joe tells, years later, is of what happened when suddenly their lives changed in ways neither he nor his parents ever could have anticipated. Looking back, what he sees is love and marriage; the
promise of work and the emptiness of not working; loneliness and adultery; and the rampant forest fires that seemed to surround them all, and threatened to outlive them all. Wildlife is not, however, simply the story of a young man's coming of age. Instead it is about coming out into the world, which is not as we had hoped, but as it resolutely is.

"In the fall of 1960, when I was sixteen and my father was for a time not working, my mother met a man named Warren Miller and fell in love with him."


The setting is Great Falls, Montana, where the Rockies end and where, in 1960, the promise of good times seems as limitless as the sweep of the prairies beyond. This is where the Brinson family hopes to find a better life. Instead, sixteen-year-old Joe Brinson watches his parents discover the limits of their marriage and, at the same time, the unexpected depths of dignity and courage that remain even when love dies.
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