One of her five top books from the real Montana, as shared at The Daily Beast:
Emily Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron PostRead about another book on the list.
Danforth takes on the unabashed reformist homophobia of a small Montana city in her cool eyed 2012 debut about soon-to-be 13-year-old Cam. The setting is honey sweet Americana—the swim team, the ranch, the benevolent grandmother serving Ritz and cheddar for lunch—but when Cam loses her parents in an accident, her aunt’s old-time religion becomes the new regime, just as Cam begins to explore a sexuality that the Main Street churches condemn. Danforth lays out a predictably tragic course of events with nuance and a light hand, sticking close to Cam and the path her aunt forces upon her, making clear that even in dark days there are friends and genuine redemption.