Joe Wilkins, Pushcart Prize winner and a finalist for the PEN Center USA Journalism Award and National Magazine Award, reads from Fall Back Down When I Die (Little, Brown) a dark and haunting debut novel about a Montana ranch hand who takes in the mute seven-year-old son of an incarcerated cousin. Set in the eastern Montana ranch country, this novel is a beautiful tale of love and sacrifice and bonds that can’t be broken.
“In an electric narrative that busts out in a rare kind of rural poetry when you least expect it, this brilliant novel gives us hard-pressed country people trying to make a life in a beautiful but unforgiving landscape among neighbors and family who, thanks to political disinformation, have slid us from civility to slander, facts to lies, law to vigilantism, and now answer the Gospel call to compassion with their arsenals. Fall Back Down When I Die places red state zeitgeist and gray wolves squarely in its sights, then shoots both, to my grateful amazement, with profound understanding and compassion.”—David James Duncan.
Joe Wilkins’ memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, won a GLCA New Writers Award for Nonfiction.