RAVENNA - Badluck Way : A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West by Bryce Andrews
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.
Mine might have been a simple, pretty story, if not for the wolves. In late July, they emerged from the foothills . . .