Saturday, January 10, 2015

Top five books from the real Montana

Carrie La Seur is an energy and environmental lawyer in Billings, Montana, and the author of The Home Place: A Novel.

One of her five top books from the real Montana, as shared at The Daily Beast:
Emily Danforth, The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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.
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--Marshal Zeringue